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Ayatollah Khamenei to Alireza Karimi: I truly felt proud of you

 Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met with Alireza Karimi, the honourable Iranian wrestler who competes in international wrestling for those under age 23, and his family today (Sunday), praising the self-sacrifice and dignity of the young champion. Praising the act of Alireza Karimi, Ayatollah Khamenei regarded his great deed paralleled with that of famous athletes like Pourya-ye Vali and held: “I truly feel proud of such behavior that shows a young man, among our nation, is ready to sacrifice his desires and his right to earn a championship for the sake of a great, high goal.” He went on to say: “Value this deed, and know that God will reward you with spiritual blessings for this deed; of course, the officials should also pay proper attention and offer material rewards.”

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Leader Lauds Iranian Athlete Who Threw Match to Avoid Facing Israeli Wrestler

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei praised Iranian wrestler Alireza Karimi, who deliberately lost to his Russian opponent in order to skip facing an Israeli wrestler in the next round, for his “self-sacrifice”.

In a meeting with Karimi and his family in Tehran on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei likened the wrestler’s move to manners of prominent national heroes like Pourya-ye Vali, an Iranian wrestling champion who is famous for his magnanimous behavior and strength.

The Leader said he really felt proud when Karimi proved that one of Iranian youths is ready to “make a self-sacrifice by ignoring his definite and absolute right of winning a championship for a sublime goal.”

In a message on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei had warmly praised Karimi “from the bottom of heart” for “becoming the symbol of Iranians’ dignity” in the recent U23 World Senior Wrestling Championship in Poland.

Karimi, 23, intentionally lost a match to a Russian rival to avoid facing an Israeli opponent in the next round.

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