August 14, 2022

“United For Navid” campaign considers 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 International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 41-year old Foroughi is a current and longtime member of a terrorist organization. Specifically, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which has a history of violence and killing not only of Iranian people and protesters there, but also innocent people in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. The IRGC is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States.

“United For Navid” campaign wrote the IOC earlier this year and warned them about the possible presence of the military and even politicians serving as athletic representatives of Iran. Officials of the IOC never took any action.

Awarding an Olympic Gold Medal to a member of a terrorist organization is an insult to other athletes and a 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