An Iranian athlete may have been disqualified from judo competition because he was overweight, not because he refused to fight an Israeli competitor. It was originally reported that Arash Miresmaeili refused to fight Israel’s Ehud Vaks last Friday out of support for the Palestinians, a move that drew praise from Iranian President Mohammed Khatami. But the International Judo Federation later said Miresmaeili was overweight for the 146-pound match.
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