As we announced earlier in April “Hadadi refuses to represent Iran” : Now the latest news.
note from Throwholics: This article was banned and removed from the internet by the Iranian government. A member of your throwing community was willing to translate it on the condition of anonymity.
Complaints from the champion of discus and Olympian Ehsan Hadadi: “I will no longer compete for Iran!”
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The holder of the London Olympic silver medal in the discus throw whom in his first competition of the new season achieved a recorded performance of 64,01m (210′) at the University of Virginia in the United States of America, states that he will no longer compete for Iran.
In an interview with the ISNA sports reporter Ehsan Hadadi said, “I am very satisfied with the results of the new season. I have been in very tough conditions because currently I don’t have a coach or any oversight from anyone and I was still able to achieve this result. I will no longer deal with people who very easily forget and don’t take care of athletes who achieve medals. I am an independent athlete and henceforth will compete independently in competitions.”
In response to the question: Has the athletics (track & field) federation been in contact with you in the recent period?[Hadadi] stated, “Two weeks ago in a conversation with Mr. Davari (head of the federation) I told him that I can no longer compete for you with these conditions. He, in typical fashion, said ” Insha-Allah” (God willing) things will be fixed. I don’t know what they would do without this “Insha-Allah?” I truthfully no longer have any reason to compete for Iran; I have given my heart and soul to my country and my people. I think I am capable of competing for a place that will not take me for granted and at least provide me the great support and backing which I need and deserve.”
Hadadi continued: “When I first came to the U.S. I found a coach and masseuse and I informed the Athletics federation and the Olympic Committee. I also informed them of the costs involved with hiring of the personnel but unfortunately because they are focused on other areas they did not follow up or help me. With these conditions I can only train by myself. I have always trained for myself, and I know that I have presented my heart and spirit for my people and country even above and beyond what is expected. I have achieved things that no one else has ever done in the history of Iranian track and field. As the saying goes “I have turned a triangle into a square, but the triangle is still the same” (Iranian proverb). I had better conditions before my achievements. When I achieved my performance they made my conditions worse!”
The holder of the Olympic silver medal in response to the question that he no longer will come back to Iran stated:
“I will return to Iran, it is my country and my birth place, but as long as these conditions are in place I will not compete for Iran. Presently, I will compete in the Diamond League which are individual events. I don’t have a special plan right now and I train alone. I have several competitions in the U.S. and then I will go to Europe. After that I will return to Iran and then back to the U.S. for further training and preparations.”
He continued: “I have said that I will not compete for Iran under any conditions until they follow through on what they have said and promised me, and I am not scared of anyone. Many “friends” have contacted me and left messages for me stating that I am a “traitor and turn coat.” I don’t think this can be called being traitor to the country. The Iranian people are very smart and they know. God and the Prophet have even stated that one should go where he knows he will advance himself. I have to do something for the future of my athletic career. I don’t want to end it like this but I am fully convinced that my “friends” have set things up with these conditions so I am finished. Like the many others who have been forced to finish in this way. We have had many great people who were forced to finish.”
Hadadi continued: “My vision is that I want to turn the Olympic silver medal into gold, and the gold medal to a world record; I see this ability in myself. But when I have not been given support, opportunities or backing I have no need to criticize or talk. I will go to a place where I am appreciated and supported. My departure may not be a big deal for many officials and they will say, “He left too, it’s not important.” But I am leaving for my own desire to be great and the best. I don’t think my limit is only a silver medal.”
Throwholics: What are your thoughts about? What do you folks think should happen?
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