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Iranian girls make international debut at Asian Junior Women Weightlifting Championships

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Female Iranian weightlifters pose for a photograph prior to the start of the 25th edition of Asian Junior Women Weightlifting Championships in Urgench, Uzbekistan.

Female Iranian weightlifters are going to represent the Islamic Republic for the first time ever and make their international debut at the 25th edition of Asian Junior Women Weightlifting Championships.

The four-member Iranian team consists of Parmida Mahmoudian, Elnaz Bajelani, Mahdieh Kalali and Narges Mirzaki, who will vie against their opponents in the 58-kilogram, 63-kilogram, 69-kilogram and over 75-kilogram weight categories.

The team is under the tutelage of Reyhaneh Tarighat during the competition.

The 25th edition of Asian Junior Women Weightlifting Championships kicked off on April 23 and will run through April 30, 2018, in Urgench, Uzbekistan.

The Asian championships will serve as qualification for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics Games in Argentina.

The top four Asian teams will earn one quota each.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Weightlifting Federation (IRIWF) started training women weightlifters in March 2016.

The IRIWF, having obtained the official permission from the Iranian Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, held the first ever round of women’s competitions in February to pick members of the Iran women’s national weightlifting team.

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