New stamp honours Iranian wrestling legend Takhti

The stamp honours Olympic and Asian Games wrestling champion Gholamreza Takhti. © Tehran Times
The stamp honours Olympic and Asian Games wrestling champion Gholamreza Takhti. © Tehran Times

Tehran, Iran, January 8, 2021: The Iranian Wrestling Federation commemorated the 53rd anniversary of the death of legendary wrestler Gholamreza Takhti on Wednesday, January 6, reports the Tehran Times.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, fans were not allowed to attend the anniversary at the Ebn-e Babvieh Cemetery in southern Tehran.

Furthermore, a new commemorative postage stamp was unveiled coinciding with the 53rd anniversary of his death at the Khane Koshti (Wrestling House) with the participation of the head of the Wrestling Federation, Alireza Dabir, and Ramezanali Sobhanifar, Managing Director of the National Post Company. 

Takhti won the gold medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, defeating Boris Kulayev from the Soviet Union in the final match of the 87kg category.

He also claimed two Olympic Games silver medals in 1952 Helsinki and 1960 Rome.

Takhti won two World Championships gold medals in 1959 Tehran and 1961 Yokohama.

The freestyle wrestler also seized a gold medal at 87kg in the 1958 Asian Games held in Tokyo, Japan.

Takhti is the most famous wrestler in Iranian history. The legend was known for his chivalry and sportsmanship and continues to symbolize the essence of sports to the Iranian people.

He was only 37 at the time of his death in January 1968.

Source: Tehran Times

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