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Encyclopedia > Arash Miresmaili

Arash Miresmaili (b. ca. 1981) is an Iranian judo athlete (judoka). He is a double world featherweight champion and was the favourite for the gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he was the flag bearer for Iran at the opening ceremonies. Slated to fight Israeli competitor Ehud Vaks in the first round, he was disqualified from competing because he was above the allowable weight limit for his class. It is widely believed that Miresmaili deliberately set out to be disqualified rather than compete against an Israeli, which is supported by his own comments: "Although I have trained for months and was in good shape I refused to fight my Israeli opponent to sympathise with the suffering of the people of Palestine and I do not feel upset at all." [1] Judo (Japanese: 柔道 Jūdō; literally gentle way) is a martial art, a sport and a philosophy which originated in Japan. ... The 2004 Summer Olympics are officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad (the 28th Summer Olympic Games). ... Ehud Vaks is an Israeli judo athlete (judoka). ... Palestine (Latin: Syria Palæstina; Hebrew: פלשתינה Palestina, ארץ־ישראל Eretz Yisrael; Arabic: فلسطين Filasṭīn) is the region between the Mediterranean Sea and the banks of the Jordan River, plus various adjoining lands to the east. ...

Comments from Iranian officials have also supported this view. The Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted Iranian President Mohammad Khatami as saying that Miresmaeili's actions would be "recorded in the history of Iranian glories" and that the nation considered him to be "the champion of the 2004 Olympic Games." Iranian Olympic team chairman Nassrollah Sajadi told the Sharq newspaper that the government should give the athlete $115,000 for his actions, the amount the Iranian government awards gold-medal winning athletes. [2] Tehran's mayor Mahmood Ahmadi Nejad said that though Miresmaeili "did not get a gold medal, he earned eternal honor by his refusal". [3] Order: 5th President of Iran First Vice President: Hassan Habibi (1997–2001), Mohammad Reza Aref (2001–2005) Term of office: August 3, 1997 – August 2, 2005 Preceded by: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Succeeded by: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Date of birth: 1943 Place of birth: Ardakan, Iran Political party: Militant Clerics Society Hojjat... Tehran is a metropolis of 14 million situated at the foot of the towering Alborz range. ...

On September 8, 2004, Iran's official press agency announced the government had given Miresmaili $125,000, the same amount awarded to Iran's two Athens gold medalists. [4]

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Arash Miresmaili, who carried the flag for Iran during the opening ceremony and was one of their leading medal hopes, was reported to have weighed two kilos over the limit for his division when arrived for the bout on Sunday.
Miresmaili, who fought in the under-66 kilo category and is a double world champion, has been treated as a hero in Iran for his comments.
Miresmaili was world champion in 2001 and 2003 and was fifth at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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