Iranian Weightlifter Selling his Olympic Gold to Aid Earthquake Victims

Iranian Weightlifter Selling his Olympic Gold to Aid Earthquake Victims
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Published November 14th, 2017 - 14:15 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Iran's gold medallist Kianoush Rostami poses on the podium after the men's weightlifting 85kg event during the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016.
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Iran's gold medallist Kianoush Rostami poses on the podium after the men's weightlifting 85kg event during the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. GOH Chai Hin / AFP
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Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has decided to put his Rio 2016 Olympic Games impressive achievement to good use, and auction his gold medal to give the money to families stricken in the magnitude-7.3 earthquake that struck western Iran at the weekend.

According to the latest figures, nearly 430 people have lost their lives and over 7,000 others sustained injuries in the tremor. Some 12,000 homes have also been completely destroyed in the incident.

Iranian aid institutions and relief workers have been working round the clock to attend to the injured and provide the survivors with their basic needs.

Along with officials, Iranian people have also mobilized in response to the natural disaster to help decrease the sufferings of their compatriots, with many donating blood and preparing aid packages.

On August 13, the Islamic Republic of Iran won its first medal of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games as Rostami grabbed gold in the men's 85-kilogram category with a world record after lifting a total of 396 kilograms.

The Iranian weightlifter eclipsed his own world mark by one kilogram, and beat Tian Tao of China, who snatched the silver medal with a total lift of 395 kilograms.

The Iranian athlete lifted 179 and 217 kilograms in snatch and in clean and jerk respectively.

Romanian Gabriel Sincraian grabbed the bronze medal with a lift of 390 kilograms.

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