After being sentenced to death by the Government of Iran for protesting against the regime, the fighter of the UFC, Navid Afkari has been executed. The 27-year-old fighter lost his life on the gallows, despite the strong campaign of the most important sports organizations in the world and the institutions that defend Human Rights. The act has been strongly rejected and could have sporting consequences.
It was in 2018 that Navid Afkari and his brother, Vahid, were arrested on charges of at least a dozen charges. They would have incurred the crimes of participation in illegal demonstrations, insult to the Supreme Leader of Iran, robbery, enmity against God and murder. The case generated a scandal in the world of sports. In addition to being allegedly illegal accusations, they had been tortured to confess the facts.
What happened to the fighter has shocked the world of sports, since Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA had been denouncing the seriousness of the case. Even the president of the United States, Donald Trump, had publicly spoken out against the death sentence of the Iranian fighter.
Navid Afkari’s death confirmed
It was the IOC that issued a statement confirming the death of the fighter of the UFC this Saturday. They expressed their outrage at what happened. «The execution of the fighter Navid afkari in Iran is very sad news. The IOC is shocked by this announcement today. Direct personal appeals were made to the supreme leader and the president of Iran this week, and mercy was requested for Navid, respecting the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“It is deeply disturbing that the pleas of athletes around the world and all the behind-the-scenes work of the IOC, together with the NOC of Iran, the World Wrestling Federation and the National Wrestling Federation of Iran, have failed our objetive. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Navid Afkari»They added. Now the world’s sports bodies are expected to take action against Iran over the execution of the MMA fighter.