LONDON (REUTERS) – Ehsan Hadadi, Iran’s first Olympic observe and discipline medallist, has examined constructive for coronavirus, World Athletics reported on Saturday (March 28).
Hadadi, the Asian discus champion who turned a nationwide hero when he received silver on the 2012 Olympics in London, has an athletics base within the US however was at residence in Teheran when he contracted the virus.
“We have acquired phrase that Iranian discus thrower @EhsanHadadi has examined constructive for Coronavirus. We want him a full and swift restoration,” World Athletics, the game’s world governing physique, mentioned on Twitter.
Tasnim information company reported Iran Athletic Federation physician Ashkan Ordibehesht as saying that the 35-year-old Ehsan had self-quarantined after being identified with the virus.
“His restoration goes properly,” the physician added.
Hadadi, a six-times Asian Championship winner and Asian discus file holder, had been among the many favourites to win gold at this yr’s Tokyo Video games earlier than the announcement of their postponement on Tuesday.
When Hadadi received his Olympic medal, it was the primary time an Iranian had stood on the rostrum on the Video games in any sport apart from wrestling, weightlifting or taekwondo.
He was additionally his nation’s first-ever world championship medallist in 2011.
Iran has been among the many international locations worst affected by the unfold of the coronavirus.
The demise toll within the nation rose to 2,517 on Saturday, with 139 fatalities prior to now 24 hours, a Well being Ministry spokesman mentioned.