Pressure on COI to investigate Iranian medalist for terrorism

The activist group United for Navid asks Javad Foroughi’s title to be suspended for belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

The International Olympic Committee on Friday called on activists to demonstrate that a iranian gold medal winner in the competition of air pistol shooting is a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The group United for Navid asked the COI open an ethics investigation and suspend the title that Javad foroughi won in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 in the men’s 10-meter final.

The spokesperson for the COI, Mark Adams, said that “we would encourage them if they have any evidence to send it to us.”

Reportedly Foroughi has worked in Syria as a nurse for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the United States designated as terrorist organization in 2019.

United for Navid campaigns for Iran to be excluded from international sports. It bears the name of the fighter Navid Afkari, who was executed last year for an alleged murder in 2018 when there were demonstrations against the Iranian government.

The president of the COI, Thomas Bach, and FIFA joined calls to save the lives of Afkari.