Iran: Olympic weightlifter auctions gold medal to aid earthquake victims

Iranian Olympic weightlifter champion Kianoush Rostami has put his gold medal up for auction, in Tehran, Monday, to aid victims of the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq. Rostami expressed that it was «painful» for him to see the devastation of the deadly earthquake, which «claimed the lives of many of our dear compatriots.» He went on to say, «I realised that if I could do something, then it... Еще would be selling the Olympic medal, which I earned for the people of Iran. I don't need the medal, and it belongs to the people of Iran. I tried to put it up for auction and sell it with the highest price, which could be of a financial aid for these dear people. And now we are putting it up for auction for both Iranian and foreign people — anyone who bids the highest amount for it. Hopefully, the auction will be successful, and we make the survivors happy.» A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring scores more. Rostami, who competes in the 85 kg weight class, won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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