Reigning Olympic champion Kianoush Rostami of Iran is all set to compete at the upcoming International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships here after receiving his visa to travel to the United States.
One of the last remaining barriers to gender parity in weightlifting is to come down next year when women from Iran and Saudi Arabia compete internationally for the first time.
Iranian Olympic weightlifting champion Kianoush Rostami has announced that he will sell his gold medal to aid the victims of Sunday's (November 12) earthquake which rocked his country.
"I'm the best, I don't understand it" says Iran's Weightlifter of the Year Rostami after US visa problems
Kianoush Rostami, the popular Olympic champion from Iran who was overwhelmingly voted male Weightlifter of the Year last February, has been refused a visa by the United States.
Rio 2016 weightlifting champions Kianoush Rostami of Iran and Sopita Tanasan of Thailand have been named as the Jeno Boskovics athletes of the year.