TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Paralympic.org has praised the Iranian Para taekwondo athlete Mahdi Pourrahnama.
- Sports news - Taekwondo will debut at the Paralympic Games at Tokyo 2020. Athletes will contend in six medal events in the Games.
The division's most athletic fighters are chasing Pourrahnama, the favorite in the men's up to 75 kg K44/K43.
He is one of 12 fighters looking to earn qualification spots for their countries for Tokyo in this division: six via world rankings (four from K44, two from K43), five through continental qualification tournaments (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania), and one from the host country or special invitation.
All eyes will be on the 'Iranian Hurricane' Pourrahnama. Just 22 years old, he already has six World Championship medals, lost only once in the last six years and has a formidable 102-point lead over his nearest rival in the world rankings.