Iranian government is about to deprive the world of World class talent. Recently NYPost reported that Boxing Champ Mohammad Javad has been sentenced to death.
The biggest ‘crime’ Javad had committed appears to be presence at anti goverment protests in November 2019 during a particularly big turmoil.
His sentence, reported by the Jerusalem Post, follows the execution of champion wrestler Navid Afkari, 27, who was hanged in Shiraz in September 2020.
Afkari was another young life that was lost in vain – nothing seemed to help not even public outreach from global celebrities.
According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency, Navid and his brother Vahid Afkari were severely tortured to give confessions.
Journalist and activist Masih Alinejad who launched the #United4Navid movement tweeted on Saturday: “Death sentence for another athlete in Iran for the crime of protesting in Nov 2019.
“Mohammad Javad, 26, is a boxing champion. They sentenced him to death for ‘spreading corruption on Earth’.
“We couldn’t save Navid Afkari Iranian wrestler. Global athletes may help us this time.”
She also added:
“Before being executed Navid Afkari said: ‘Islamic Republic is looking for a neck to tie a noose around.’
“This time Mohammad Javad Vafaei is facing execution for the crime of joining Iran nationwide protests.
“We Iranians call on global athletes to be his voice.#UnitedforNavid.”
According to the NY post Boxer Ali Mutairi, 30, was also severely tortured in Prison which led to his false confession that he had killed two Basij militia members in 2018.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.