Kianoush Rostami

Further Personal Information
Family
Son Kianoush
Residence
Kermanshah, IRI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Persian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began weightlifting at age 10.
Why this sport?
He initially took part in gymnastics, but he also started weight training with his brother who encouraged him to switch sports. "My brother trained in weightlifting with me and told me, 'You're coming weightlifting instead'."
Name of coach
Kourosh Rstami [personal, brother], IRI
Training Regime
Since before the 2016 Olympic Games In Rio de Janeiro, he has trained alone, away from the national training setup.
General Interest
Injuries
He was troubled by a knee injury at the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, CA, United States of America. (iwf.net, 04 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named 2016 Male Lifter of the Year by the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF]. (barbend.com, 07 Feb 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (barbend.com, 21 Aug 2018)
Other information
WEIGHT CHANGE
In July 2018 he decided to change from the 85kg weight class up to 94kg in preparation for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. "I wanted a new challenge. For eight years, I was the best athlete in the 85kg category and I would like to show myself that I can succeed at another weight." (alef.ir, 01 Jul 2018)

AUCTION
In November 2017 he announced he would auction the gold medal he won in the 85kg category at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and use the proceeds to help people affected by an earthquake that month in Islamic Republic of Iran. "I consider it my duty to take a step, however small, to help my beloved fellow countrymen who have suffered as a result of the quake. I am returning the gold medal, which is theirs by right, to my people." (Instagram profile, 14 Nov 2017; edition.cnn.com, 14 Nov 2017)

DROPPED
In early 2017 he was dropped by coach Sajjad Anoushiravani from the national team for the 2017 Asian Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, for not participating in training. Rostami said he did not compete in the events because he was resting for a year following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I don't have any problems with the Iran Weightlifting Federation but my training programme, the way I use my time, is different to all others, it's my own." He rejoined the national team ahead of the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, CA, United States of America. (insidethegames.biz, 05 Nov 2017; floelite.com, 15 Nov 2017; barbend.com, 06 Feb 2017)

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