Iran’s gymnastics on the path of development
In developed countries, the officials pay attention more to sports such as swimming, gymnastics, and athletics, therefore allocate significant funds and facilities to these sports, because they believed these are medal-winning sports in international events, including the Olympics. Although Iran’s gymnastics does not receive a significant budget, it has been able to perform well over the past three years.
Despite the president of Iran’s Gymnastics Federation Zahra Inche Dargahi had said the goal of the federation would be to win the 2024 Olympics’ berth, she started the project to secure the 2020 Olympics’ berth.
The best performance of Iran’s national gymnasts registered at the Melbourne World Cup, where Saeed Reza Keikha and Mehdi Ahmad kohani won two silver medals in this competition, which were the first medals for Iran’s gymnastics. Keikha advanced to the third place in the world rankings, and Mehdi Ahmad kohani also gained a place at ranking.
The main reason of shining the Iranian gymnasts in international events after so many years was that the national gymnastics team literally formed, and the Iranian gymnastics community has grown from 170,000 to 270,000 members in the last three years.
“I don’t think Iranian gymnastics had achieved this much over the past years.” Zahra Inche Dargahi said, “Now, everyone believes that Iranian gymnastics could win medals in the major international events. The success of our gymnasts in the international events, and adding 100,000 members to our gymnastics community, proved that the officials need to pay attention more seriously to this sport.”
She added: “All these achievements have been achieved with the least facilities and budget, and we are happy that every member of the Iranian gymnastics society proud of our current position. Holding leagues in various fields such as Acrogym, Aerobics, and Artistic gymnastics has been one of our other achievements, while at the same time, great work has been done in talent scouting. The result of this scouting was the formation of a youth team. These teenagers are being trained by experienced coaches so that we can see their shining in the World and Asian Championships soon.”
“One of our most important plans is to use the participation of the Iranian gymnastics community to reach our goals, and that is why the Iranian Gymnastics Federation is a national federation. We hope to be more successful in the future, and the only expectation we have is to pay more attention to gymnastics.” the president of Iran’s Gymnastics Federation concluded.
Iran’s gymnastics family has reached 270,000 members- Dr. Inche Dargahi
The statistical population of Iran’s gymnastics has reached 270,000 members,” President of Iran’s Gymnastics Federation Dr. Zahra Inche Dargahi told the Ministry of Sport and Youth’s website.
She added: “Fortunately, we are very close to our goals to generalizing gymnastics, and increase of 100,000 members to the country’s gymnastics family confirms this.”
“To achieve this statistical population, a lot of efforts have been made by my colleagues in Iran’s Gymnastics Federation and provincial associations, thus I have to appreciate all of them,” said Inche Dargahi.
President of Iran’s Gymnastics Federation told: “Gymnastics is considered the mother of all sports, so I hope officials pay more attention to this sport in our country. What happened in recent years showed gymnastics can be successful both in public and in championships level.”
Keikha: The decision of the FIG was unfair
The Iranian gymnast Saeed Reza Keikha on the decision of the Executive Committee of FIG that the results of the qualifying stage of the Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup AGF Trophy should be considered as the final results said: “From the first day, we tried so much to earn the Olympics berth for the first time.”
He added: “During this time, I did hard training because I had only one goal, and that was to win the Olympic berth. At the same time, my coaches, as well as the officials of Iran’s Gymnastics Federation worked hard to make this happen. I am not disappointed, although now I have a lower chance than before to win the Olympics berth. ”
“Unfortunately, with the decision of the Azerbaijan government, the final round of the Baku World Cup was not held. I wish they had made that decision before kicked off the tournament, like the Qatar World Cup.” Keikha said.
The Iranian gymnast said:” I don’t take any risks in the qualifiers, but I do my best in the finals, so my goal at the World Cup in Baku was to win the gold medal or at least a silver medal.”
“Unfortunately, the International Gymnastics Federation chose the easiest way and made that decision,” said Keith. “In my opinion, the decision of the FIG was unfair. My chances of winning the Olympic berth are low now, but I’m not disappointed. I hope the FIG will review its decision. Fortunately, Iran’s Gymnastics Federation has sent a letter to the FIG requesting an appeal. I am also going to send a letter to the International Gymnastics Federation.”
Iran’s Gymnastics registered historical results, says Kheirkhah
The coach of Iran’s Artistic Gymnastics Reza kheirkhah on the performance of his team said: “The last year was one of the best years of Iran’s Gymnastics and we registered historical results. Winning two Silver and Bronze medals at the Asian Championship, and two Silver medals at the Melbourne World Cup were important and worthy.”
“The Gymnastics Federation made a great effort to send the national team to these events; otherwise, we would not have been able to participate at the Melbourne World Cup. The Turkish camp, which was organized by the federation, caused us could participate at the World Cup in Baku, and if we went back to Iran from Melbourne, we were not able to go to Baku. Of course, the Ministry of Sports, and especially Mr. Alinejad, as well as the National Olympic Committee, supported us a lot.” He added.
kheirkhah said: “People’s health is more important than anything, and I hope the coronavirus will disappear as soon as possible. Our gymnasts are working on their fitness individually, and we have to continue in this way until things get better.”
Inche Dargahi: Postponing the Olympic Games was a human decision
President of Iran’s Gymnastic Federation Zahra Inche Dargahi said: “The social distancing plan was a special task to control the coronavirus, but besides this, we have to keep the physical distance as much as possible. If we pay attention to these things, undoubtedly the downward trend will start and we can break the coronavirus chain.”
“Postponing the Olympic Games was a human decision because the health of the citizens is more important than the championship. As a result of this, qualifying games of this event were also postponed. Of course, there are a few tournaments that the start date of them is not known, and the final of AGF Trophy 2020 in Baku also has been postponed.” she added.
Inche Dargahi said: “It was important to send our athletes to Melbourne to compete in the 2020 World Cup Gymnastics because coronavirus outbroke after this event and we had to send our athletes from Melbourne to Istanbul and from there to Baku. If the athletes returned to Iran at that time, it was difficult to send them to Baku because of the coronavirus.”