Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers win two gold medals in Asian C’ships

TEHRAN – Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers Pouya Nasserpour and Amin Mirzadeh won gold medals at the ongoing Asian wrestling championships in Delhi, India on Tuesday.

2018 junior world champion Nasserpour defeated Uzbekistan Jasurbek Ortikboev 8-0 in the 55kg final bout.

2018 World Junior Champion Mirzazedah also defeated Kim Minseok of the Republic of Korea 9-0 in the 130kg final match.

Pejman Postham lost to Tamerlan Shadukayev of Kazakhstan 10-1 in the final 77 kg game.

Meysam Dalkhani of Iran also won a bronze medal in the 63kg, losing 2-0 to Yernur Fidakhmetov of Kazakhstan.

Iran sent 10 wrestlers to the competition.

Teams from China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Turkmenistan are missing from the tournament, due to circumstances related to the new coronavirus outbreak mainly in China.

The Indian government has suspended electronic visas for Chinese nationals due to the deadly virus that has claimed more than 1,800 lives since it spread from its epicenter in Wuhan, China.

The tournament started on Tuesday and will run until February 23.

The championship has been classified as a ranking tournament for the Tokyo Olympics by United World Wrestling, the world’s governing body for sport.

The tournament will be played in three categories: men’s freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling and women’s wrestling.

The first two days will see Greco-Roman competition, followed by women’s wrestling (the next two days) and men’s freestyle (the last two days).

Robert J. King