Another black stain on the Tokyo Olympics appeared after allowing an Iranian terrorist marksman won the gold medal in the air pistol men’s final. The information came to light after the official Twitter account of the Olympics praised Javad Foroughi performance in the final only to discover that Foroughi is a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which has been designated by the United States as a terrorist organization.
“Golden debut! Javad Foroughi wins gold in the air pistol men’s final, breaking the Olympic record on his first Olympic appearance. Well done!” the Olympics Twitter site gushed.
Golden debut! 🥇
— Olympics (@Olympics) July 24, 2021
Iranian human rights athletic organization United for Navid, named after champion Greco-Roman wrestler Navid Afkari, blasted the Olympics in a statement to the Post, writing that it “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 the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 41-year old Foroughi is a current and longtime member of a terrorist organization [IRGC].”
The organization told the Post that it had written “to 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.”
#JavadForoughi, Iran's first gold at @Tokyo2020 in men's 10m air pistol, is member of Revolutionary Guards. He was sent to Syria along with #IRGC forces for 2 years. IRGC killing protesters and assassinating outside Iran.
This is an affront to the Olympic ideals.
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) July 24, 2021
American journalist Masih Alinejad, who hails from Iran, has spoken out vehemently against the Iranian regime and was the target of a kidnapping plot from four Iranian men allegedly connected with the Iranian theocratic regime, tweeted, “U.S. names #IRGC a terrorist group. #JavadForoughi a member of IRGC was allowed to take part in Tokyo Olympic & win gold in men’s 10m air pistol. He dedicated his gold to Ali Khameni the leader of IRI. Sport being used to normalize dictatorship. An affront to the Olympic ideals!”