Azerbaijan drops claims on owning zurkhaneh sport

TEHRAN, Feb. 28 (MNA) – Azerbaijan Republic has withdrawn its unfounded claim about ownership of zurkhaneh sports.

As quoted by the Iranian Federation of Pahlavani and Zurkhaneh Sports, the news issued by official website of 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games on Azerbaijan confiscating ownership of zurkhaneh sport created a wave of concerns among people of Iran.

Accordingly, competent authorities, including the National Federation of Pahlavani and Zurkhaneh of Iran, International Zurkhaneh Sports Federation (IZSF), the National Olympic Committees and other relevant institutions sought amendments to the blatant mistake made by the host of Islamic Solidarity Games.

As such, only after one day serious follow up and correspondence, the website of Baku games corrected its false claims and announced under description of Zurkhaneh sport that “according to historical facts the origin of Zurkhaneh, the national sport of Iran, dates back 3,000 years ago and was systematized 700 years ago by Purya Vali (Mahmud ibn Valiyuddin).”

Zurkhaneh consists of two words: ‘zur’ meaning power or strength and ‘khaneh’ meaning house, translating to, House of Power or Strength.

Under the motto of ‘solidarity is our strength’, the 4th edition of Islamic Solidarity Games will convene from May 12-12 in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku.

Zurkhaneh event will be held over 3 days in Crystal Hall. Group activity on the first day, the second day of the individual feats, while the third day will be Pahlavani wrestling.

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