Iran’s Mehdi Khodabakhshi Wants Olympics Gold

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Mehdi Khodabakhshi said that he can't wait to compete at Rio 2016.

Iran’s Mehdi Khodabakhshi Wants Olympics Gold

He could not take part at Grand Prix Final in Mexico City on December 5-6 due to injury. However, he expects to be back to full fighting fitness by year-end.

“I plan to get a gold in the Olympics – I will deliver my best-ever performance! – and then I am not sure if I want to carry on,” he told

“I am under a lot of pressure and stress which affects my personal life. I want to have some sort of calm.”

“Although I was forced to start taekwondo from a young age, as I got older, I learned more about the art,” he said. “The more it became a profession for me, the more I found it interesting.”

“My family is very proud and happy as I am successful, but they care about my well-being more than my achievements in taekwondo,” Khodabakhshi said.

“Since I got injured, they have given up on forcing me to do taekwondo after Rio.”

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