Shahr-e Rey, Tehran province, Jan 8, IRNA -- Hundreds of wrestling veterans, champions, athletes, and people Tuesday gathered together in Ibn-e Babeveyh Cemetery, Shahr-e Rey, southern Tehran, to take part in the 35th death anniversary of the national hero and world wrestling champion Gholamreza Takhti.
During the ceremony that was also attended by some presidents of sports federations, MPs and local officials, Ali Nazari who is in charge of the Majlis Cultural Commission's Sports Committee said January 7 that marks the departure anniversary of late Takhti is to be discussed in the Parliament and announced "Day of Pahlevan (Hero)".
Takhti does not belong just to his own time, said Nazari, adding that he was a thinker who not only won several gold and silver medals in the world and Olympic events but won the people's hearts by his sportsmanship and morals.
National Olympic Committee Secretary General Bahram Afsharzadeh said: "We have gathered here to pay homage to a person who lived like a hero and conquered world and Olympic platforms and fought against his ego.
Ali Kaffashian, the deputy of the Physical Education Organization for sports affairs, said Takhti took medals just like other sportsmen but what distinguished Takhti from other athletes were his humane deeds and sportsmanship.
Former head of the Physical Education Organization and National Olympic Committee, Hassan Ghafourifard, said presence of such a huge crowd here after 35 years proves that Takhti is alive.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Takhti as one of the biggest champions of the 20th century which is a great honor for Iran, added Ghafourifard.
The Acting President of Iran's Wrestling Federation, Mohammad-Reza Taleqani, said Takhti is a real model for all generations, a paradigm whose deeds should put into practice and not just words.
Takhti gain won the hearts of people not because of defeating his rivals but for living with the grass roots.
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