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Beautification Organization to renovate Tehran's zurkhanehs

TEHRAN, June 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- Tehran Municipality's Beautification Organization is to renovate the traditional sports clubs known as zurkhanehs.

Director of the organization, Hojjatollah Mollasalehi said on Monday that the organization has identified all the zurkhanehs in Tehran of which thirty will be renovated, adding, "Older zurkhanehs which are historically more valuable have been selected for the project.

"The renovation project will include, renewing the facades of the buildings, painting, repairing floors and ceilings, and installing new plumbing.

"This restoration work will help promote and preserve our nation's culture as the zurkhaneh is one of its deeply rooted traditions."

Mollasalehi emphasized that when restoration work has been completed, Tehran Municipality will provide facilities enabling young people to make use of the traditional sports centers.

The zurkhaneh was home to many heroes in olden times.

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