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Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami denied visa to compete in Anaheim, California: "I never seek asylum in the U.S."

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami says he is not seeking asylum in the United States. Phil Andrews, the chief executive of USA Weightlifting, told Tehran Times on Sunday that Rostami showed intent to move to the United States during his visa interview, or rather he failed to prove his intent to return to Iran after his move to the country.

Kianoush Rostami won the gold medal at 2016 Olympics

Andrews said to attain the visa Rostami will need to satisfy rule 214b which states that the applicant for the visa must prove they will not remain in the United States.

The Olympic gold medallist says he will never seek asylum in the U.S. in response to Andrews's allegations.

"I will remain in my country since I love Iran. We owe much to our martyrs and war veterans. I just think about winning gold in the world," Rostami said.

"I do hope that I can participate in the competition. I don't know where all this talk comes from because I am proud of an Iranian," the two-time world champion added.

Kianoush Rostami at 2016 Olympics

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships will be held from Nov. 28 through Dec. 6 in Anaheim, California.

About Kianoush Rostami:

Kianoush Rostami (born 23 July 1991) is an Iranian Olympic weightlifter.  He represented Iran at the 2016 Olympic Games, in the category of 85 kg, he placed first, winning the gold medal and setting a new world record with a total lift of 396 kilograms.

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