Iran to open Olympic Museum

A new National Sports, Olympic and Paralympic Museum will be opened in Tehran Islamic Republic Iran. The idea of a National Sports Museum was launched more than a decade ago and now the first phase will be opened next month. 

Four Iranian Olympic and World Champions; Heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi, discus thrower Ehsan Haddadi, sabre fencer Mojtaba Abedini and judoka Arash Mirasmaeili have donated their precious medals and other memorabilia to the Olympic Museum which will be opened to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

The medal offerings were made on the sidelines of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Headquarters Summit that was held this week in the presence of the President of the National Olympic Committee of Iran, Reza Salehi Amiri and the Minister of Sport and Youth, Massoud Soltanifar.

Massoud Soltanifar said: “Since we have decided to open the first phase of the Museum next month, we have called on athletes to donate and give their medals won in international competitions to be displayed so as to display the history of the country’s sport.”

The four athletes are the first to respond to the call. Weightlifter Salimi won the gold medal in the heavyweight category at the 2012 London Olympics and has also grabbed gold medals at the last three Asian Games including 2018 Jakarta and Palembang.

Mojtaba Abedini was the first Iranian fencer to make it to the Olympics. He took part in 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro where he finished fourth in the men’s sabre competition. He won a silver medal in the team competition at the 2018 Asian Games.

Ehsan Haddadi won a silver medal in discus at the 2012 London Olympics and has reigned supreme winning gold at the last four Asian Games, from 2006 to 2018. Featherweight judoka Mirasmaeili is a two-time world champion.

The Olympic Museum will keep a collection of medals, memorabilia and record the achievements of athletes who have played a vital role in keeping the country’s flag flying at top international events.

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