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IOC statement and IOC Athletes' Commission statement on the execution of Navid Afkari

By International Olympic Committee, and IOC Athletes' Commission | Sept. 12, 2020, 2:55 p.m. (ET)

International Olympic Committee statement

The execution of wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran is very sad news. The IOC is shocked by this announcement today. In letters, Thomas Bach, the IOC President, had made direct personal appeals to the Supreme Leader and to the President of Iran this week and asked for mercy for Navid Afkari, while respecting the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is deeply upsetting that the pleas of athletes from around the world and all the behind-the-scenes work of the IOC, together with the NOC of Iran, United World Wrestling and the National Iranian Wrestling Federation, did not achieve our goal. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Navid Afkari.

IOC Athletes' Commission statement

We are devastated to learn about the execution of our fellow athlete Navid Afkari. In the past days, the IOC has been working with our full support to save Navid's life. We are very saddened that ours and the efforts of the athlete community didn't achieve the desired result.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Navid's family and friends in these very difficult times.