Behdad Salimi will compete at Olympics: Coach

November 23, 2015

Iran weightlifting coach Hossein Tavakkoli says that Behdad Salimi will be fit and ready for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Iranian super heavyweight lifter suffered the left knee injury during a pre-event training session in late October.
Salimi underwent a successful surgery last week to repair the injured knee that cost him a chance of defending the title he won in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“In my opinion, Behdad will be available for the Olympics. He is a professional weightlifter and needs just two months training to be fit for the competition,” Tavakkoli said.

Saeid Mohammadpour dislocated his elbow while attempting to lift 190 kilograms at an event in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium last month.

Sohrab Moradi also is not allowed to take part at the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships since he didn’t announce he is going to come out of retirement at the appropriate time.

Speaking about the IWF World Championships which are in progress in Huston, Texas, Tavakkoli said, “Unfortunately, we could not participate at the competition with our complete team. Salimi and Mohammadpour were forced to withdraw and Moradi is not permitted to compete. Miracles will not happen,” he added.