Iran is fighting for tickets to the World Championship
30.10.2020 | In the world
The main sporting event these days in Iran was the qualifying bouts for the right to participate in the World Wrestling Championship.
When proposals to change the 2020 calendar were discussed at the UWW executive committee in June, Iran was against the inclusion of the World Championship. However, then, faced with the intransigence of the UWW leadership, which intends, by all means, to hold these competitions, the Iranians, unlike the Americans, agreed to delegate their teams to Belgrade, where the wrestling world championship is planned to be held in the second week of December.
Once Iranian wrestling federation agreed, they needed to prepare, and at the beginning of October, the Iranian freestyle wrestling team returned to training after more than a half-year pause, despite the fact that the situation in the country with the coronavirus not only did not improve, but significantly worsened, as evidenced by record numbers infected and dead.
After a two-week training camp in Tehran, the selection for the national team began there. Amir Mohammad Yazdani (65 kg), Ali Sawadkuhi (79 kg) and the bronze medalist of the 2016 World Championship in the weight category up to 70 kg Mostaf Hosseinhani (74 kg) won trips to Belgrade in three categories.
Initially, the national team's coaching council planned to name the participants of the world championship in the remaining seven categories, but then reconsidered its decision, appointing qualifying bouts in these weights. With the exception of the injured 2019 World Cup finalist in the 92kg category, Alireza Karimi, and the two-time light heavyweight champion Reza Yazdani, who said that he was only interested in the Olympic Games now, all the leading Iranian freestyle wrestlers will take part in the qualifying mini-tournaments. Among them are Olympic champion Hasan Yazdani (86 kg), world championship winners Mohammad Mohammadian (97 kg), Parviz Hadi (125 kg), Behnam Eksanpur (61 kg), Younes Emami (70 kg), winners of the U-23 world championships Mojtaba Golage (97 kg) and Amir Hossein Zare (125 kg).
Qualifying bouts in the remaining seven categories will be held on November 5 with empty stands at the main indoor arena of Iran - Azadi. Video and TV broadcasts will be conducted from the Sports Palace.