Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:16AM
The second edition of the International Fajr Cup will begin in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, on March 9, and will finish on March 14, 2017.
The second edition of the International Fajr Cup will begin in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, on March 9, and will finish on March 14, 2017.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Weightlifting Federation (IRIWF) says a total of 20 different countries have already expressed their willingness to take part in the second edition of the International Fajr Cup, which is scheduled to he held next month in southern Iran.

The IRIWF public relations department announced on Sunday that contestants from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, England, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Yemen as the well the Islamic Republic of Iran will vie for top honors during the upcoming competition.

Meanwhile, USA Weightlifting, which is the national governing body overseeing the sport of weightlifting in the United States, has voiced its readiness to participate in the event and even submitted its list of weightlifters and members of the technical team to the IRIWF. The request needs to be reviewed by Iranian Foreign Ministry officials before final approval and visa issuance.

The second edition of the International Fajr Cup will begin in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, located approximately 830 kilometers southwest of the capital, Tehran, on March 9, and will finish on March 14, 2017.

Participants at the forthcoming International Fajr Cup will be in action in men’s 85-kilogram, 94-kilogram, 105-kilogram and over 105-kilogram weight categories. The top three athletes will be awarded cash prizes.