At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Iranian judoka Arash Miresmaeili was disqualified for weighing in at nearly four pounds above the limit for his weight class of his under-66 kilograms match against an Israeli opponent Ehud Vaks in the first round. It was claimed Miresmaeili had gone on an eating binge to protest the International Olympic Committee's recognition of the state of Israel. Iran does not recognise the state of Israel, and Miresmaeili's actions won praise from high-ranking Iranian officials. Mohammad Khatami, the country's President at the time, was quoted as saying Miresmaili's actions would be "recorded in the history of Iranian glories". He was later awarded $125,000 by the Government - the same amount given to Olympic gold medallists.
Reporting to the Director Communications, the Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications will ensure a true 360° approach to strategic communications, using global media and wider platform opportunities to raise awareness of the FEI and equestrian sport, reinforcing the Federation’s reputation with key stakeholders, and securing strong profile to support the FEI’s commercial drive with new sponsors.
Alisher Usmanov, the Uzbek-born President of the International Fencing Federation, has positioned himself as one of the most influential figures in all of sport. With the World Championships beginning in China this week, Mike Rowbottom profiles the powerful billionaire.