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World Athletics wishes Iran’s medalist discus thrower recovery after he contracts corona

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran's Ehsan Hadadi in action at World Athletics Championships at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar September 30, 2019 . (Photo by Reuters)

The World Athletics, the sport’s global governing body, has wished Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi a fast recovery as news broke out of the Olympic medalist having contracted the coronavirus.

Hadadi, Iran’s first Olympic track and field medalist, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Hadadi, the Asian discus champion who became a national hero when he won silver at the 2012 Olympics in London, has an athletics base in the United Stats but was at home in Tehran when he contracted the virus.

Tasnim news agency reported Iran Athletic Federation doctor Ashkan Ordibehesht as saying that the 35-year-old Ehsan had self-quarantined after being diagnosed with the virus. “His recovery is going well,” the doctor added.

Hadadi, a six-times Asian Championship winner and Asian discus record holder, had been among the favorites to win gold at this year’s Tokyo Games before the announcement of their postponement on Tuesday.

When Hadadi won his Olympic medal, it was the first time an Iranian had stood on the podium at the Games in any sport other than wrestling, weightlifting or taekwondo.

(Source: Agencies) 

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