Iranian athletes dedicate Olympic medals to earthquake victims
By 16/08/2012 10:00:00
Iran’s Greco-Roman wrestlers Hamid Sourian and Ghasem Rezaei dedicated their gold medals at London Olympics to the victims of the recent earthquakes that struck north-western Iran.
Hamid Sourian defeated Azerbaijan's Rovshan Bayramov in the 55kg weight class and won Iran’s first ever Greco-Roman Olympic gold.
Ghasem Rezaei also clinched gold in the 96kg division after defeating Russia's Rustam Totrov. Also, the Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi, who won the Olympic silver medal, dedicated his medal to an Iranian charity supporting children with cancer.
Belarusian legendary wrestler Aleksandr Medved expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquakes. The three-time Olympic gold medalist wrote: “On behalf of the Belarusian people and myself, I would like to express my deep condolences to the families of the victims.”
Two strong earthquakes leveled villages and damaged homes in northwestern Iran on Saturday. At least 300 people were reported killed, and more than 3000 were injured.