Iran executed wrestling champion Afkari

first_img Loading… “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Navid Afkari.” United World Wrestling, which had not previously commented publicly on the case, said Afkari’s execution was “devastating”. read also:IOC initiates International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate “The entire wrestling community mourns his death,” UWW added. Bach said last week he was “extremely concerned” by Afkari’s case and claimed the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the country’s wrestling federation were “doing their utmost to facilitate a solution”. Trump also made a plea for Iran not to execute Afkari. “To the leaders of Iran, I would greatly appreciate if you would spare this young man’s life, and not execute him,” Trump tweeted last week. Dozens of athletes and officials from several sports spoke out in support of Afkari following the death sentencing, which attracted widespread criticism from across the world. Afkari’s televised confession, which his supporters alleged was coerced, was broadcast by Iran last week. Critics have said it resembled hundreds of other suspected coerced confessions in the country in recent years. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Iranian wrestling champion, Navid Afkari, has been executed for the alleged murder of a security guard during anti-Government protests in 2018, according to state media. “The retaliation sentence against Navid Afkari, the killer of Hassan Turkman, was carried out this morning in Adelabad prison in Shiraz,” Iranian state television quoted the chief justice of Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, as saying. Afkari, whose case had attracted global attention and led to the likes of United States President Donald Trump pleading for clemency, had claimed he was tortured into making a false confession. The 27-year-old had been given two death sentences for stabbing a security guard and his involvement in demonstrations against the country’s regime in 2018. Human rights groups and activists believe he had been unjustly targeted by the Iranian authorities to intimidate others who might choose to participate in peaceful protests. His death is likely to lead to calls for Iran to face sanctions from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other sports organisations. The IOC claimed its President Thomas Bach had “made direct personal appeals to the Supreme Leader and to the President of Iran this week and asked for mercy for Navid Afkari, while respecting the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran”. “The execution of wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran is very sad news,” the IOC said in a statement. “The IOC is shocked by this announcement today. “It is deeply upsetting that the pleas of athletes from around the world and all the behind-the-scenes work of the IOC, together with the NOC of Iran, United World Wrestling and the National Iranian Wrestling Federation, did not achieve our goal.center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more


3 things to know from this week in Syracuse athletics

first_img Published on February 7, 2016 at 8:33 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img 1. Syracuse men’s basketball continues hot streak through conference playA year after Michael Gbinije beat Virginia Tech at the buzzer, he rescued Syracuse again in a 68-60 overtime win on Tuesday. The veteran point guard hit an NBA-range 3-pointer to tie the game with 26 seconds remaining, and hit the first shot of overtime to give SU its first lead of the game. Freshman Tyler Lydon pitched into the winning effort despite foul trouble, and tallied 13 points off the bench.A three-game Atlantic Coach Conference winning streak has thrusted the Orange into the thick of the conference standings. It plays Florida State at home on Thursday at 7 p.m., then hits the road Sunday to play Boston College 1 p.m.MORE: What we learned from Syracuse basketball’s comeback win against Virginia TechEmma Comtois | Asst. Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Dino Babers solidifies first recruiting class on National Signing DaySeventeen players pledged to Syracuse’s football team on Wednesday, when new head coach Dino Babers took the podium. Babers largely reshaped SU’s 20-person class, holding onto only four players that committed to the program under former head coach Scott Shafer. The new head coach’s recruiting efforts came to a head on the weekend of Jan. 22-24, when 12 players came on official visits to Syracuse’s campus. By the end of the 72-hour window, all 12 committed to the Orange.“It’s never happened to me in 31 years of coaching,” Babers said of the recruiting weekend bonanza.MORE: What to know about Syracuse’s class of 20163. Syracuse men’s lacrosse wins final preseason tuneup against No. 10 BrownAfter beating the Bears, 12-10, in a closed scrimmage on Saturday, the Orange is now on the doorstep of its season-opener against Siena on Saturday at 1 p.m. Head coach John Desko has refined his three starting lines that are featuring plenty of new faces compared to last year.Junior attack Jordan Evans flashed some acrobatic plays en route to his four points in the practice game, and even played some minutes at midfield as SU showcased a variety of offensive packages. Senior Dylan Donahue is expected to be the quarterback of the attack line that will also feature transfer Nick Piroli.MORE: Syracuse women’s lacrosse voted as ACC’s top teamQuick hits1. Briana Day and a trio of other starters led SU past the Yellow Jackets.2. Two members of Syracuse’s football team won’t be returning next year.2. Syracuse ice hockey is on a season-best winning streak.last_img read more