Iranian para shooting sensation Sareh Javanmardi will not take part in October’s Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China, due to “personal issues”, said the president of the Iranian Sports Federation for the Disabled.
Speaking to ISNA, Mohammad-Shervin Asbaqian did not provide further details on the matter but said: “Javanmardi is carrying on with preparation ahead of the upcoming qualifying events for the 2024 Paralympics as she remains focused on success in Paris.”
A winner of three Paralympic golds and five-time world champion, Javanmardi, 38, last represented Iran at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021, where she won the ultimate prize in the 10m air pistol SH1 contests.
Javanmardi also collected four golds in the previous two editions of the Asian Para Games.
Asbaqian added Iran will be looking to emulate the overall third-spot finish in Jakarta 2018 – courtesy of 136 medals, including 51 golds – when the six-day event gets underway in Hangzhou on Oct. 22.
Asked about Iranian medal hopefuls in the Games, Asbaqian said: “Athletes and teams representing Iran in the athletics, shooting, archery, sitting volleyball, powerlifting, and wheelchair basketball competitions are currently in fine form and will hope to finish on a high note in Hangzhou.”