It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Iraqi weightlifter and Olympian Mr. Mohammed Yaseen Mohammed. He passed away on 24th June 2020 at the age of 57 in Sweden, reportedly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previously he competed in two consecutive Olympic Games, in 1980 in Moscow and in 1984 in Los Angeles where in the 75 kg category he won the outstanding 6th place. In the same category he was considered the Asian Weightlifting Champion, due to his many victories and second places throughout the years.
His long-time friend, the IWF General Secretary Mr. Mohammed Jalood remembers him the following way:
„ I have lost Mohammed Yassen, who was like a brother to me. He will always be remembered as a hero in the Iraqi weightlifting community and will be greatly missed by everyone. I am sending all my condolences to the weightlifting family of Iraq.”
The IWF and the weightlifting family sends the most heartfelt condolences to the Weightlifting Federation of Iraq and to his family and loved ones.