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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.
The Senior Legal Counsel will support across both the Festival 2022 team and the Ceremonies, Culture & Queen's Baton Relay (CCQ) division of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC). The individual will provide day-to-day legal input and support across a range of creative projects from artistic commissioning to preparing a range of commercial contracts. Festival will take place across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales throughout 2022. It will deliver a programme of ground-breaking large-scale new commissions with the ambition of reaching millions; achieving the projects two objectives of bringing people together and promoting the UK's creativity to the world.
Rising Phoenix, a documentary about the Paralympic Movement set to be released later this month, promises a more complete look at the lives of champions including Tatyana McFadden, Jonnie Peacock and Bebe Vio. Mike Rowbottom reports.