An Iranian judo wrestler, Arash Miresmaeili, failed to make his weight today and thus forfeited his match. Miresmaeili isn’t an also ran, either, he’s the defending world champion, and carried Iran’s flag in the opening ceremony. Unfortunately, he failed to make weight for political reasons — he was supposed to wrestle an Israeli. I’m not opposed to people using the Olympics or sports in general to make political statements, but there’s a good chance that it wasn’t his decision in the first place, and even if it was, it seems to me to be rooted in bigotry rather than justice. The Guardian has more.