Incheon Asian Games wrestling champ retires

Masoud Esmaeilpour Jouybari has announced his retirement from wrestling. © Tehran Times
Masoud Esmaeilpour Jouybari has announced his retirement from wrestling. © Tehran Times

Tehran, Iran, January 4, 2021: Iran’s Incheon Asian Games freestyle wrestling champion Masoud Esmaeilpour Jouybari announced his retirement from the sport on Sunday, January 3, reports the Tehran Times.

The 32-year-old wrestler was sidelined due to an injury two years ago and has decided to call it a day. United World Wrestling lists his last competition as the International Ukrainian Tournament on February 23, 2018.

Esmaeilpour won the Asian Championship three times in 2010 (New Delhi), 2014 (Astana) and 2015 (Doha).

He also claimed a silver medal at the 2014 World Championships (Tashkent) and a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championship (Budapest).

The lightweight freestyler also seized a gold medal at 61kg at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

Esmaeilpour, who was an active wrestler since 2001, represented Iran in the men's freestyle 60kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and was ranked seventh.