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August 24, 2014

Bahai athlete excluded from participation or recognition

Tahlili Ruz(a Kurdish-Iranian news aggregator), August 21, 2014.

Hamza Razyani (حمزه رازیانی), a successful Kurdish athlete, has been stripped of his medals and positions after converting from Islam to the Bahai Faith, and has been forced by pressure from Iran’s security forces to leave Iran. Prior to becoming a Bahai he was a member of Iran’s national Jujitsu team and had won more than 70 medals in Judo and Jujitsu. In 2013 he won six gold medals in three martial arts disciplines and was named as the best exponent of the techniques in the West of Iran. He was also Chairman of the Jujitsu Association in Kermanshah. When he became a Bahai he was dropped from the team and stripped of all rights in this field. On July 13 this year security forces raided his office and he was detained for some time. On August 12 he was threatened and summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence in Kermanshah, and decided to leave Iran. After he had left, his family was put under pressure and his mother suffered a mild heart attack requiring hospitalisation.

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  1. Whoa!! How o they know? He will be in my prayers.

    Comment by writersdream9 — August 25, 2014 @ 00:09 | Reply

  2. Only God may save the Bahai s in Iran from all these injustisses

    Comment by Penny Vahdatand khosro — August 31, 2014 @ 13:32 | Reply

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