Iranian wrestler Nasser Alizadeh will leave for Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on Wednesday where he will be looking to make a clean sweep of Greco-Roman quotas for the country at the Tokyo Olympics.
The final qualification tournament for the Games will take place in the Bulgarian capital from May 6-9, with the finalists of each weight class handed a place in Tokyo next July.
Iran has already clinched five spots for the Olympics and the men’s Greco-Roman 87kg berth will still be at stake after Hossein Nouri failed to reach the final bout of the class at the Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament in Almaty, Kazakhstan, last month.
Iran’s head coach Mohammad Bana picked Alizadeh over experienced wrestler Ramin Taheri to take part in Sofia as Alizadeh is in fine form after cruising to the gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Almaty in mid-April.
The Iranian, however, will be facing a mammoth task as Russia’s Davit Chakvetadze, the gold medalist in Rio 2016, and two-time world champion Metehan Basar of Turkey, as well as Armenian world bronze medalist in 2018 Artur Shahinyan and reigning European champion Zurabi Datunashvili of Georgia will all be present in Sofia to battle it out for a ticket to the Japanese capital.