Iran Looks to Improve Position on Medals Table at Tokyo Paralympics
- July, 24, 2021 - 15:23
- Sports news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - With top-notch Paralympic and World champions in their ranks, Team Iran would be looking to improve their position on the medal standings at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
At Rio 2016, Iran had sent 110 athletes, their biggest contingent so far at the Paralympics. The team had then finished in 15th on the medals table with 23 medals including, eight golds.
NPC Iran Chef de Mission, Hadi Rezaei, exuded confidence of a good show from his team and said: “Iran will take part in the Games in 10 sports: archery, athletics, canoe sprint, cycling track, judo, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, taekwondo and wheelchair basketball. The final name list will be published in due course.
“At Tokyo, we expect to improve our place on the medals table. We have a lot of athletes who have the chance of winning medals and I assume we will hear good news from Iranian athletes. We expect to be champion in sitting volleyball like previous six editions of the Games.”
With six Paralympic titles to its name, Iran’s men’s team led by star player Morteza Mehrzad will clearly be the title favorites in sitting volleyball, Paralympic.org reported.
Mehrzad commented: “Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 and its undeniable damaging impacts on the world, including the realm of Para sport, we worked hard and never let COVID-19 defeat us! We are the winners of the pandemic and will prove it by defending our title in Tokyo 2020.”