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Iran Powerlifter Defects to Avoid Wearing T-Shirt of Terrorist Soleimani

“Open secret in international sports circles that the Iranian government won’t allow its athletes to compete against Israelis.”
Iran powerlifter defects to avoid wearing T-shirt of terrorist Soleimani
A supporter of the Houthis has a poster attached to his waist of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, during a rally to denounce the U.S. killing, in Saada, Yemen January 6, 2020. The writing on the poster reads: “G (photo credit: REUTERS/NAIF RAHMA)

The Jerusalem

The decorated Iranian powerlifter Amir Assadollahzadeh is seeking asylum in Norway since his November defection to avoid execution or torture in the Islamic Republic of Iran for his refusal to sport a T-shirt of the late US and EU-designated terrorist Qasem Soleimani.

Soleimani was the Iranian regime’s most powerful military commander, who oversaw the killing of over 600 American military personnel, and was assassinated on January 3, 2020 by an American drone strike.

Assadollahzadeh told CNN sports journalist Don Riddell that a representative from the clerical regime with the International Powerlifting Federation pressured him to wear the T-Shirt.

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