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Korean Olympian Calls Out IOC For Letting ‘Terrorist’ Compete

by : Daniel Richardson on : 06 Aug 2021 15:05
Korean Olympian Calls Out IOC For Letting 'Terrorist' CompetePA Images

Korean marksman Jin Jong-oh has called out the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for letting a reported member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps compete.

On July 24, Javad Foroughi claimed gold in the men’s 10-metre air pistol event in Tokyo. The athlete made history as Iran’s oldest ever medallist, but some believe he should not have been able to take part in the games.

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Foroughi is reported to be a longtime member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which the US labelled a terrorist organisation in 2019.

Javad Foroughi (PA)PA Images

On the back of this, Jin Jong-oh has blasted the IOC, saying, ‘How can a terrorist win first place? That’s the most absurd and ridiculous thing.’ The four-time gold medal winner added that the situation is ‘pure nonsense’, The Korea Times reports.

United for Navid, a campaign group set up after the execution of the Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari after he protested against the IRGC, has also taken issue with Foroughi’s inclusion.

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In a statement, via The Guardian, United for Navid said:

We consider the awarding of an Olympic gold medal to Iran marksman Javad Foroughi not only a catastrophe for Iranian sports but also for the international community, and especially the reputation of the IOC. The 41-year old Foroughi is a current and longtime member of a terrorist organization.

The IRGC has a history of violence and killing not only of Iranian people and protesters there but also innocent people in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. It is a designated foreign terrorist organization by the United States.

Shooting: Olympics, final (PA)PA Images

The group also called for an investigation and for Foroughi to have his medal suspended.

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Speaking about his journey to the Olympics, Foroughi said he picked up the sport while working as a nurse in a hospital in Syria. He claims he tried out the sport and scored 85 points from 10 shots after being shown how to shoot a pistol.

Javan, an Iranian paper, praised his performance in Tokyo, saying is was ‘An unexpected medal… won by a Guards nurse who is at the same time a defender of health and of the shrine.’

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Daniel Richardson

After graduating from university, Dan went on to work with a variety of tech startups and media outlets. These included the likes of The Hook, WhatCulture and Game Rant. Eventually, Dan found a home for his journalism at UNILAD.

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    ‘How can a terrorist win gold?’: Korean criticises IOC over Iran shooting victory