0911 GMT January 22, 2019
Former Iranian weightlifter, Mohammad-Ali Falahatinejad passed away at the age of 41 on Monday in Tehran.
Falahatinejad, a former 77kg world gold medalist in 2003, had been suffering from kidney renal failure and was bedridden for nearly a month.
Falahatinejad was a bronze medalist at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, and also claimed a silver medal at the 2003 Asian championships.
After his retirement he joined Iran’s coaching staff and was even appointed as Iran’s head coach for a short spell in 2010.