Jaber Sadeghzadeh crowned Iran’s Pahlavan

January 11, 2018

Jaber Sadeghzadeh won Iran’s Pahlavani Wrestling Championship in the country’s northeastern shrine city of Mashhad on Thursday.

In the final match held at the Beheshti Hall, Sadeghzadeh defeated Ahmad Mirzapour in the +100kg weight category and won the Pahlavani armband.

The final match was attended by Iranian Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Masoud Soltanifar, President of the International Pahlavani Wrestling Federation Alireza Heidari and the sport enthusiasts.

The Pahlavani wrestling competition held annually in Iran, in which athletes from across the country participate to achieve the title.

Though the competition has ancient roots, its modern form has been held since 1944.

Winner of this title is called Pahlavan and wears the special Bazouband (Armband).

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) registered Pahlavani and Zourkhaneh rituals in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014.

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