Jan 23, 2018, 9:14 AM
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12 leading wrestling teams to attend Iran’s Takhti Cup

Ahvaz, Jan 23, IRNA – Twelve prestigious teams are scheduled to participate in the 38th International Senior Greco-Roman Tournament ‘Takhti Cup’ slated to be held in southwestern Iran, sports official said.

The event will be held with the attendance of Cuba, Finland, Romania, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Italy in Mahshahr on January 25-26, Head of Khuzestan wrestling committee told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday.

Three Iranian teams comprising of 30 wrestlers will take part in the event, he said.

Gholamreza Takhti (August 27, 1930 – January 7, 1968) was an Iranian Olympic Gold-Medalist wrestler and Varzesh-e Bastani practitioner. Popularly nicknamed Jahān Pahlevān (The World Champion) because of his chivalrous behavior and sportsmanship (Javanmardi in Iranian culture), he was the most popular athlete of Iran in the 20th century, although dozens of Iranian athletes have won more international medals than he did. Takhti is still a hero to many Iranians. He is listed in the FILA wrestling hall of fame.

International wrestling tournament titled 'Takhti Cup' is held every year in Iran to honor the legendary Iranian wrestler.


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