World Olympic Weightlifter To Sell Gold Medal For Iran's Earthquake Victims

02:36  15 november  2017
02:36  15 november  2017 Source:   HuffPost

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Olympic gold medalist Kianoush Rostami of Iran is auctioning off his prestigious medal to raise money for the victims of Sunday’ s catastrophic earthquake on the Iran -Iraq border, which has left at least 530 people dead and thousands injured.

Iran ’ s Olympic weightlifting champion Kianoush Rostami has put his gold medal up for auction to raise money for the victims of Sunday’ s earthquake which left at least 452 people dead in Iran and Iraq.

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami won gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio last year.© GOH CHAI HIN via Getty Images Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami won gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio last year. Olympic gold medalist Kianoush Rostami of Iran is auctioning off his prestigious medal to raise money for the victims of Sunday’s catastrophic earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border, which has left at least 530 people dead and thousands injured.

The 26-year-old weightlifting champion, who earned gold last year in Rio, made the announcement to local news organizations and on social media.

“My gold medal belongs to my people,” Rostami said, according to Tehran Times. “I didn’t sleep in the previous nights due to a sorrowful event.”

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(CNN) - Iran ' s Olympic weightlifting champion Kianoush Rostami has put his gold medal up for auction to raise money for the victims of Sunday' s earthquake which left at least 452 people dead in Iran and Iraq.

A post on Rostami’s Instagram account provides information on how to bid on the medallion. Rostami previously won bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The 7.3-magnitude earthquake, which hit Iran’s western Kermanshah Province the hardest Sunday night, was the country’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade.

An injured Iranian walks through rubble in Sarpol-e Zahab, a town in Iran's western Kermanshah Province, on Tuesday.© ATTA KENARE via Getty Images An injured Iranian walks through rubble in Sarpol-e Zahab, a town in Iran's western Kermanshah Province, on Tuesday.

As many as 30,000 homes were damaged, and two villages were completely destroyed. In Iraq’s northern Kurdish provinces, nine people were killed and more than 550 others were injured, Reuters reported.

On Tuesday morning, Iranian officials called off search efforts for survivors.

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Kianoush Rostami, Iran ' s gold medal weightlifter in Rio's 2016 Olympic Games who hails from the earthquake -ravished city of Kermanhshah, has decided to auction his prized possession.

Rostami Kianoushof celebrates winning a gold medal at the Rio Olympics . Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has reportedly agreed to make a one-of-a-kind donation to help his hometown of Kermanshah, Iran , recover from a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that left hundreds dead and thousand

Many of those who survived the quake have been left homeless and are in need of food and shelter from freezing temperatures. Iran has declined offers of foreign assistance, Reuters reported.

A woman struggles through the debris of a building in Kalaleh, Iran, on Tuesday, after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake Sunday.© Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A woman struggles through the debris of a building in Kalaleh, Iran, on Tuesday, after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake Sunday.

Turkey, which felt some of the event’s tremors but didn’t suffer any casualties, has offered aid and assistance to both countries, but only Iraq has accepted, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

Tehran Times reported that a number of athletes and celebrities will meet at Tehran’s Shahid Shiroudi Stadium on Wednesday to raise money for the victims.

Humanitarian groups assisting recovery efforts in Iran and Iraq include the Iranian Red Crescent and Iraqi Red Crescent.


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