Japan sees the power of Siamand Rahman

Iran's Paralympic powerlifting champion boosts awareness of Tokyo 2020. 07 Aug 2017
a Para powerlifter on a stage surrounded by young children

Siamand Rahman visited Japan to show schoolchildren why he's the world's strongest Paralympian.


Dozens of Japanese children and their parents have been treated to a Para powerlifting masterclass from Iran's Paralympic champion Siamand Rahman. Rahman visited Japan for two events during the Eleiko Cup, organised by World Para Powerlifting in cooperation with Japan Para Powerlifting, to raise awareness of the sport in the lead-up to the 2020 Paralympics.

The world's strongest Paralympian lifted a mammoth 250kg for the visiting youngsters, and also answered questions from the audience alongside Japanese powerlifter Eri Macdonald.

Yuka Maeda from the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Centre explained what the Paralympic Movement is about with the help of I'mPOSSIBLE, the IPC’s education programme, supported by the Agitos Foundation, which aims to promote inclusion of people with impairments through Para sport.

The 16th Paralympic Summer Games will take place in Tokyo from 25 August-6 September 2020.