Iranian world record holder Siamand Rahman, dubbed the world’s strongest Paralympian, will make his hotly anticipated 2016 debut at the IPC Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which gets underway on Monday.
Rahman has not competed since he won gold at the 2015 Asian Open Championships in July 2015, where he set his eighth world record in 15 months in the men’s over 107kg, Paralympic.org wrote.
He lifted 295kg, moving closer to his ultimate goal of 300kg which he will likely reserve to attempt at September’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The World Cup presents a chance for powerlifters to improve their place in the Paralympic rankings for Rio.
As a result, more than 200 athletes from 42 countries will travel to Dubai, making it one of the largest competitions of the year outside of the Paralympics.