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FILA president expresses sympathy over death of Soleimani
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Nenad Lalovic, president of FILA, the international federation of wrestling, sent a message of condolence to the Iranian Wrestling Federation over Alireza Soleimani’s death.  
Soleimani died of heart attack at his home in Karaj, west of Tehran, on Wednesday morning at the age of 59.
Soleimani was the first and still the only Iranian wrestler, who has won the gold medal in the super heavyweight.
He won the gold medal at the World Championship 1989 in Martigny, Switzerland after defeating American Bruce Baumgartner.
Soleimani was also the flag-bearer of the Iranian Olympic delegation at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.
“I would like to offer my deepest condolences following the sad news of the death of a historic wrestling champion, Alireza Soleimani,” Lalovic told fila-official.com.
“On behalf of FILA and wrestling, I would like to offer our sympathies to the Iranian wrestling community and above all to Soleimani’s family and friends,” FILA president added.
Baumgartner also expressed sympathy for his rival’s death.
“I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Soleimani,” said Baumgartner. “He was a tough competitor and a great champion. I know that he was beloved in Iran and I extend my condolences to their wrestling community.”

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