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Aliakbar Gharibshi

Powerlifting

Biography

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Persian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2013 in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran.
Why this sport?
"I did not know about Para sports until I became acquainted with Para powerlifting through [Iranian Para cyclist] Bahman Golbarnezhad and started training. He was my biggest inspiration to take up and continue sport."
Name of coach
Ali Asghar Ravasi [national]; Ali Fakhravar [national]

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Iran
Location
Kitakyushu, JPN

General interest

Hobbies
Sport. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at his first international competition in the 107kg category at the 2018 Asia-Oceania Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. (irisfd.ir, 8 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I participate in every event with the goal of winning a gold medal. If that ever changes, I will stop competing." (ilna.news, 9 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (irisfd.ir, 8 Jun 2019)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Other information
GOLBARNEZHAD TRIBUTE
After winning silver in the 107kg category at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, he held a picture of Iranian Para cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad during the medal ceremony. He has described Golbarnezhad, who died after an accident competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as his biggest sporting inspiration. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 May 2021; irisfd.ir, 8 Jun 2019; khabarban.com, 12 Oct 2018)