Welcome to the Iran Powerlifting Union website.

The first sport of Iran is often considered to be Freestyle Wrestling.  Iranians have always excelled at wrestling regularly winning gold medals for the event at the Olympics and totalling 34 golds so far since 1948.

But the narrative of how Iran came to dominate wrestling is perhaps older than Islam itself, older in relation to the Islamic Republic, and may need to do with the Iranian comprehension of the sport being much different compared to the West’s.

That may also have to do with Iran’s record and tae-kwon-do. Iranian powerlifters won the men’s super heavyweight gold and silver this season.  Though Iranians do not win as many Olympic medals in tae-kwon-do, both male and female athletes are recurrent winners at other international and Asian leagues.