Olympic gold medalist Dabir new head of Iran wrestling federation

Alireza Dabir, 2000 Olympic gold medalist in men's freestyle wrestling, has been elected president of the Iran wrestling federation.

Alireza Dabir
Dabir received 31 votes out of 46 in the second round of the election in Tehran on Wednesday to win the position, according to Mehr News, an Iranian news agency.

"I'm neither happy nor sad," said Dabir after being voted to head up the Iranian wrestling organization for a four-year term.

Dabir takes the helm of the Iran wrestling federation which had been managed by an acting president after Rasoul Khadem stepped down from the post back in November 2018 after Iran wrestling's poor performance at the 2018 World Championships. '

Dabir earned the gold medal in men's freestyle competition at the 2000 Sydney Olympics at 58 kilograms/127 pounds. (Among the wrestlers Dabir defeated on the way to winning that title: Team USA's Terry Brands.) The 42-year-old also won a gold medal at 1998 World Championships in his hometown of Tehran. Dabir also earned three silver medals of World Championships and one silver of Asian Games in the next four years before announcing his retirement.


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