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The IWF and weightlifting mourns the loss of Dr.Asghar Shahabi

After a lengthy and serious illness, Dr. Asghar Shahabi died yesterday, a month before his 70th birthday, in his home town, Tabriz, Iran.

A Member of the IWF Medical Committee since 1988, as an orthopaedic surgeon, Head of his clinic, Dr. Shahabi was a renowned and enthusiastic expert; Iran’s team and Olympic Committee doctor; a doctor on duty at Olympic and Asian Games, World and Asian Championships and an array of other events. As a Chairman of the AWF Medical Committee and an expect in weightifting, he served the sport in many courses and events. Dr. Shahabi was not only a central figure of the sport but as a kind, gentle and helpful person he also made himself indispensable and a great friend of many people all over the world. He got suddenly hospitalized while working at an Asian event in Thailand and was later transported to Iran but practically he has been in serious condition ever since until he finally deceased last night.

He leaves a great void in the sport and in our hearts.

The IWF offers its condolences to the Family, the Iranian Federation and Olympic Committee.