26th July 2021

United for Navid demands an immediate investigation from the IOC Ethics Commission on awarding a Gold Medal to a member of a Terrorist Organization

Today, the the ‘United For Navid’ campaign, requested Ban Ki-moon, Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission, to immediately open an investigation into Javad Foroughi who was recently awarded a gold medal in the sport of shooting by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The fact that the IOC awarded an Olympic gold medal to Iranian marksman Javad Foroughi is a catastrophe for Iranian sports as well as the international community, not to mention especially harmful to the reputation of the IOC.

The 41-year-old Foroughi is a current and long-time member of a terrorist organization. Specifically, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force, which has a history of violence and killing not only of Iranian people and protesters there, but also of innocent people in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. The IRGC-Quds Force is designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States and European Union.

The ‘United For Navid’ campaign wrote to the IOC earlier this year and warned them about the possible presence of military and even politicians serving as athletic representatives of Iran. Officials of the IOC failed to take any action.

Awarding an Olympic gold medal to a member of a terrorist organization is an appalling affront to athletes and Olympic ideals and leaves a grievous black mark on the IOC. ‘United For Navid’ calls for an immediate investigation by the IOC, and until an investigation is completed the suspension of any medal award. If the IOC fails to act, they are complicit in promoting terrorism and crimes against humanity.

• This media release was distributed via email on 26 July 2021 by the United for Navid campaign.

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