News ID: 302782
Published: 1253 GMT May 05, 2021

Iran undecided over number of athletes for Tokyo Paralympics: Chef de mission

Iran undecided over number of athletes for Tokyo Paralympics: Chef de mission

Sports Desk

The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Iran is yet to decide over the number of athletes representing the country at the Tokyo Paralympics, said Hadi Rezaei, the chef de mission of Iran in Japan.

Rezaei had said last week that up to 60 athletes will be sent to Tokyo as, according to NPC instructions, only those with the chance of winning a medal will participate at the Games.

However, speaking to IRNA on Wednesday, Rezaei said the number could still change as the country might secure more quotas in some qualification tournaments in the coming weeks.

“Iranian women are still in contention with taekwondo quotas as they will take part at the Asian Championships [in Beirut, Lebanon, in June], while new athletics records may seal more spots for the country,” Rezaei said.

“Two spots in cycling and judo will also be up for grabs in the qualification events,” added Rezaei, who will also be the manager of the sitting volleyball team in Tokyo.

Rezaei said he is pleased with the preparation plans of his team, which will be seeking a seventh gold medal at the Games.

Iran this week completed the second phase of vaccination against COVID-19 for the athletes taking part in the Paralympics.

The Paralympic Games, postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, is to start in the Japanese capital on August 24 – following the conclusion of the Olympics.






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