1024 GMT April 21, 2021
Iranian archer Zahra Nemati said she would put in all her efforts for success at July’s Paralympics.
“The coronavirus pandemic has caused the global sports to collapse over the past year, but I haven’t lost my ambition at all and will work hard to succeed in Tokyo [Games],” said the two-time Paralympics gold medalist.
“The Iranian female athletes have managed to clinch colorful medals in various international and Asian competitions over the years despite all the obstacles facing the women’s sport in the country,” added the 35-year-old Iranian.
Nemati will still have to go through qualification tournaments to secure a quota for the Paralympics, but said she has a good chance of making it to Tokyo “through the world rankings”, in case the qualifiers are canceled due to the pandemic.
The 2013 world champion is optimistic that the Tokyo Paralympics could turn out to be a historic campaign for the Iranian sport as “there are many big names and stars representing the country at the Games.”
Neamti made history in 2012 by becoming the first Iranian female to win an Olympics or Paralympics medal, when she won to gold at the women's individual recurve W1/W2 contests in the London Games, where she also won a team recurve bronze.
She then repeated her triumph in Rio, Brazil, four years later, winning a recurve gold, coupled with a team silver at the same category.
In early March, Nemati was awarded with the International Paralympic Committee’s 2021 International Women’s Day Recognition in the Next Generation category.