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Saeid Mollaei returns to action on the IJF tour

19 Nov 2019 07:35

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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Former world champion Saeid Mollaei returns to the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time since the World Championships in Tokyo. The world number three has been granted refugee status in Germany and will compete under the IJF flag in Osaka as part of the IJF’s Refugee Team.

Mollaei has attended numerous training camps since the Worlds and has been in action at club events in Europe.

The 27-year-old can now finally focus on his own competition. An enormous weight has been lifted off his shoulders and he now has the opportunity he craves and rightfully deserves, to show the world his incredible talent and devotion to judo.

Mollaei won Grand Slam gold in Düsseldorf last year and will crave the chance to test himself against the category’s elite in his first international competition back with stars such as former silver medallist Fujiwara Sotaro (JPN), world silver medallist Matthias Casse (BEL), two-time Grand Slam winner Frank De Wit (NED) and World Judo Masters gold medallist Sasaki Takeshi (JPN) among the -81kg entrants at the final Grand Slam of the season.

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