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April 13, 2023
During the 2021 Olympics, the gold medalist for the 10 meter air pistol event, Javad Foroughi, was called a terrorist by a former gold medalist of the same event. The previous gold medalist was Jin John-oh, who had won in 2012 in London but also competed in Tokyo.
Foroughi is a member of the IRGC, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which had been classified as a terrorist organization by the US in 2019. “How can a terrorist win first place? That’s the most absurd and ridiculous thing,” Jong-oh stated to reporters when arriving home from Tokyo.
The campaign group United for Navid made a statement about this matter. United for Navid has on their website that they are a “campaign to ban Islamic Republic from international sports after the execution of wrestling champion Navid Afkari” (UnitedForNavid.org).
Their statement said, “We consider the awarding of an Olympic gold medal to Iran marksman Javad Foroughi not only a catastrophe for Iranian sports but also for the international community, and especially the reputation of the IOC. The 41-year old Foroughi is a current and longtime member of a terrorist organization. The IRGC has a history of violence and killing not only of Iranian people and protesters there, but also innocent people in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. It is a designated foreign terrorist organization by the United States. We call for an immediate investigation by the IOC, and until an investigation is completed the suspension of any medal award” (Insider).
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