Jan 31, 2018, 6:27 PM
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16 countries ready to attend Takhti Cup freestyle

Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA – 16 countries expressed readiness to participate in the 38th round of international Takhti Cup freestyle competitions slated to be held in Tabriz, southeastern Iran.

Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Turkey, India, Hungary, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Turkmenistan and Latin America expressed readiness to attend the event.

Takhti Cup free style category is scheduled to be held on February 8-9 in Tabriz.

The Greco-Roman section was held with the attendance of Cuba, Finland, Romania, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Italy in the port city of Mahshahr, Khuzestan Province, southwestern Iran on January 25-26.

Gholam-Reza Takhti was born in 1930 and was called “Jahan Pahlavan,” which means “World Champion” due to his huge success in wrestling and his chivalrous behavior and sportsmanship during competitions.

Takhti won his first Iranian championship in 1950, and later became the highest ranked wrestler in the history of the Iranian wrestling, winning one gold (1956 Melbourne) and two silver medals in Helsinki (1952) and Rome (1960) Olympic Games, as well as two golds in Tehran (1959) and Yokohama (1961) and two silver medals in Helsinki (1951) and Toledo (1962) World Championships. He is in the United World Wrestling (formerly known as FILA) Hall of Fame.

Takhti passed away in 1968 at the age of 37 but remains one of Iran’s greatest sports legends and beloved figures.

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