Afkari has been sentenced to dying in the case of the homicide of the Iranian authorities’s water and sewage division’s safety agent Hasan Turkman all the way through the August 2018 protests in Shiraz, in step with Iran’s state media Mizan.
However the WPA, the main voice of arranged avid gamers within the governance of worldwide recreation, has known as for Iran to be threatened with expulsion from world recreation with Afkari’s dying sentence looming.
“Navid was once one in all 1000’s of Iranian electorate who took phase in spontaneous demonstrations that 12 months in opposition to financial hardship and political repression in Iran,” mentioned a observation from the WPA.
“Alternatively, he has been unjustly centered by means of the Iranian government who need to make an instance out of a well-liked, high-profile athlete and intimidate others who may dare workout their human proper to take part in non violent protest.”
WPA director Brendan Schwab also known as at the Global Olympic Committee (IOC) to threaten Iran with expulsion from the Olympic motion.
In a observation to CNN, the IOC mentioned it’s been in “consistent touch” with the Nationwide Olympic Committee of Iran and the Iranian Wrestling Federation, either one of which can be “doing their utmost to facilitate an answer.”
US President Donald Trump additionally requested Iranian leaders closing week to spare Afkari’s existence, tweeting: “Listening to that Iran is taking a look to execute a super and in style wrestling celebrity, 27-year-old Navid Afkari, whose sole act was once an anti-government demonstration at the streets. They had been protesting the ‘nation’s worsening financial scenario and inflation.'”
He added: “To the leaders of Iran, I might a great deal respect when you would spare this younger guy’s existence, and now not execute him. Thanks!”