Iran NPC, Tehran: A total of 10 Para Powerlifters are to
represent Team Iran at the Fourth Asian Para Games, over the five days in the
Xiaoshan Sports Centre Gymnasium in Hangzhou from October 23, 2023.
The Iranian legend Siamand Rahman will be missed at Hangzhou
APG and the country’s men will attempt to dominate in heavyweight categories to
continue the legacy of Siamand Rahman through the presence of Aliakbar
Gharibshahi (up to 107kg) and Aminzadeh Ahmad (over 107 kg).
In men’s up to 80 kg, the fight for
title will be between rivals – Paralympic and World champion Rouhollah Rostami
and China’s defending champion Gu Xiaofei.
The official roster for Hangzhou APG reads as follows:
Rouhollah Rostami, Seyed Hamed Solhipour, Nader Moradi, Mohsen Bakhtiar, Saman Razi, Seyed Yousef Yousefi, Ahmad Aminzadeh, Amir Jafari, Mahdi Sayadi, Aliakbar Gharibshahi
The squad will
be conducted by Head Coach Hossein Tavakoli and Coach Ahmad Molla Hosseini at
the event. Hossein Rezazadeh will also accompany the Para athletes and Staff as
the Team Manager.
Both the men’s and women’s competitions are expected to be thrilling rounds with the presence of Paralympic and World champions in the line-up of 173 athletes from 31 nations competing for 20 gold medals at the Xiaoshan Sports Centre Gymnasium.
Iran won four gold, four silver and two bronze medals in men’s powerlifting at the 2018 Asian Para Games.