Tue Sep 12, 2017 07:40AM
Iranian freestyle wrestler Komeil Nemat Ghasemi
Iranian freestyle wrestler Komeil Nemat Ghasemi

The United World Wrestling (UWW) has elected Iranian wrestler Komeil Nemat Ghasemi as the new member of its Athletes Commission.

During the 2017 Senior World Wrestling Championships in the French capital city of Paris, the 29-year-old Iranian athlete was voted onto the commission along with six other wrestlers from Armenia, China, France, Nigeria, Switzerland and the United States.

Ghasemi won the silver medal in the men's freestyle 125-kilogram event at the 2016 Summer Olympics and clinched the bronze in the men's freestyle 120-kilogram class at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

American world and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs was selected to chair the UWW Athletes Commission. He will be a voting member of the UWW bureau and replaces 2008 Olympic champion Carol Huynh, who has served in the post since the commission was first established in 2013.

The Athletes Commission is tasked with protecting the rights and interests of all United World Wrestling Olympic style athletes.

The commission members reportedly reach out and communicate with active athletes as peers to collect feedback.