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Quote:Iranian women to make Worlds debut
On Friday, 20 September Poupak Basami will make history by becoming the first Iranian woman to compete at the World Weightlifting Championships in the 55kg division.
While the nation has been a powerhouse in men's competition for several years, it was not until 2017 that the Iranian Weightlifting Federation allowed women to compete officially.
Its president, Ali Moradi, told the IWF that the country's female lifters should take inspiration from Sara Ahmed who became Egypt's first female Olympic medallist in the 69kg category at Rio 2016.
Basami was the first Iranian woman to take part in a major senior event, lifting at April's Asian Championships in Ningbo, China.
The 27-year-old is one of a five-strong women's team for Iran with Abrisham Arjomandkhah (64kg), Elham Bajalani (71kg), Seyedehelham Hosseini (76kg) and Parisa Jahanfekrian (87kg) also competing.
While none will be contending for medals, this is just the start.