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Calls mount to ban Iran from Tokyo Games for executing wrestler Afkari

The Greco-Roman athlete was executed despite claiming his murder confession was extracted under torture

Jeremy Wilson

The International Olympic Committee is being urged to expel Iran from the 2021 Tokyo Games after Greco-Roman wrestler Navid Afkari was executed.

Afkari was convicted of stabbing to death a security guard during anti-government protests in Shiraz in 2018, but had since insisted that he made a confession only under torture.

“The evidence is there if the court wants to investigate [the acts of torture],” Afkari said in a tape obtained by an Iranian human rights group. “There is not one shred of evidence ... that shows I’m guilty. But they don’t want to listen to us. I realised they are looking for a neck for their rope.”..

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