Oct 26, 2019, 7:03 PM
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Iran's wrestling team ranks 2nd in CISM Military World Games

Tehran, Oct 26, IRNA – Head of the Iranian Armed Forces wrestling team said freestyle and Greco-Roman teams stood on the 2nd place in the 7th CISM Military World Games underway in Wuhan, China.

Speaking in the welcoming ceremony to Iranian armed forces teams, Brigadier General Mohammad Sharafi said the victory belongs to Iranian nation.

He added that Iranian freestylers Mohammad Hossein Mohammadian in the weight category of 97 kg received a gold medal, Yadollah Mohebbi in 120 kg bagged a silver and Ahmad Bazri in 86 kg snatched a bronze medal.

In the Greco-Roman category, Pejman Poshtam in 77 kg and Amin Mirzadeh in 130 kg received bronze medals each.

Some 100 military athletes from Iran took part in several disciplines like cycling, orienteering, wrestling, life-saving, volleyball, archery, parachuting, and track-fields.

Wuhan is a city about 1,100 kilometers from Beijing.

Founded in 1948 and based in Brussels, the International Military Sports Council has hosted the Military World Games every four years since 1995. In May 2015, China, as a member-state of CISM, won the bid to host this year’s Games with Wuhan named as the host city.

Different from previous Games held in countries such as Italy, Croatia, India, Brazil and South Korea, this year's event will be open to the public to watch.

According to the organizers, about 10,000 military athletes from over 100 countries will compete across 27 sports, such as aeronautical pentathlon, military pentathlon, naval pentathlon, and parachuting, as well as Olympic sports such as football, equestrian, swimming, and basketball.

The name of the mascot of the 7th CISM Military World Games is “Bingbing”, which in Mandarin is related to soldiers. Its design was inspired by the Chinese sturgeon, a migratory fish species of the Yangtze River basin and a protected species in China. Its migratory habits of swimming against currents reflect the strong will of soldiers.

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