In the wake of Iran’s devastating earthquake Sunday, Nov. 12, that
killed at least 530 people, one of that nation’s top athletes is doing
his best to assist with recovery efforts.
Kianoush Rostami, a 26-year-old Olympic gold medalist, is auctioning
his 2016 weightlifting gold medal, in hopes of raising significant
funds that could be used to help his home country bounce back,
particularly the Kermanshah Province, which saw several villages
totally leveled on Sunday evening.
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In total, the quake is said to have destroyed over 30,000 homes,
while causing severe damage in a handful of northern and western
provinces in both Iran and Iraq.
According the Forbes, the monetary value of a Rio 2016
gold medal is $564 in U.S. funds. It is uncertain how much the medal
might bring when auctioned.
Aid hasn’t been swift, as hundreds of thousands are currently
freezing, and lack water, food and other basic resources.
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