November 25, 2020
The Islamic Republic of Iran has deprived a former champion Greco-Roman wrestler of his efforts to make ends meet as a street peddler.
Mohsen Madhani says in a video posted on social media that “An athlete and a world champion doesn’t deserve to be a street vendor.” He complains that Iran’s government doesn’t even let him sell goods on the sidewalk and make money for his life. He is speaking from Andimeshk, a city in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
“Iranian world Champion wrestler Mohsen Madhani got kicked out while he was selling stuff next to the street by Iranian government! What a shame! #freeiran #banirsports #nomoremullahs,” tweeted Sam Rajabi, an Iranian former Judo national team member and world champion, on Sunday.
#محسن_مدهنى قهرمان جهان است، جمهوری اسلامی حتی اجازهٔ دستفروشی هم به این قهرمان نمیدهد! آنوقت ادعا میکنند این ورزش برای مردم است و اعضای کمپین #اتحاد_برای_نوید وطن فروش هستند و… خسته نشدید از چهل و دو سال خزعبل گویی؟ از کدام مردم سخن میگویی دیکتاتور #خامنهای؟ pic.twitter.com/71DpW4hHMj
— Sam Rajabi (@samrajabii) November 22, 2020
Mariam Memarsadeghi, an advocate for democratic change in Iran and an expert on human rights violations in the Islamic Republic, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday: “While the regime’s thugs drive around in their luxury cars and send their kids and money abroad, honest, hardworking Iranians are denied a livable wage.”She added that, “Even the most talented, like champion wrestler Mohsen Madhani, can be left with no choice but to become a street peddler – and then the regime denies them even this. It’s important to remember that this regime came to power with promises of a dignified life for the poor. All it’s done is impoverish a nation that was, before the Islamo-Marxist revolution, progressing very quickly on all indicators of socioeconomic development.”A video on YouTube shows the former Greco-Roman wrestler performing a devastating toss on his Bulgarian opponent at the 2017 Cadet World Championships.