Mongolian citizenship granted to Judoka Saeid MollaeiSports
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga issued a decree on Granting Mongolian Citizenship to Saeid Mollaei on November 20. The decree has been issued in accordance with Article 33, Section 1, Clause 9 of the Constitution of Mongolia and Article 19, Section 1 and Article 24, Section 1 of the Law of Mongolia on Citizenship, and based on request of Saeid Mollaei for acquisition of Mongolian citizenship and the opinion of the Mongolian Immigration Agency. Saeid Mollaei, born in the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1992, is a prominent athlete who won gold and bronze medals at world championships in the weight category +81 kg.
Judoinside reported that Saeid Mollaei is going to fight for Mongolia at the Masters in Qingdao. Mollaei visited the President of Mongolia, the former Judo Association President Khaltmaagiin Battulga who handed out the passport to the 2018 World Champion who fled from Iran and was promised a German citizenship recently. In Qingdao, Mollaei was supposed to fight under the International Refugee Team. However at the website of the International Judo Federation, he is in the team of Mongolia to confirm the transfer of the year.
Mollaei, who is still ranked World Number three, should normally lose his points once switching to another country. In his category U81kg, the first Mongolian fighter is Otgonbaatar Uuganbaatar at place 17 and Nyamsuren Dagvasuren is ranked 27th. It is a remarkable move made possible by the powers of the Mongolian President himself.
Mongolia have won consecutive Olympic medals since 2004 and with a judoka as its president, that ambition can become only stronger. With Mollaei Mongolia have a serious ace to continue the streak.