Khadem’s resignation comes on the heels of the country’s below-par campaign at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in late October – where all Iranians felt short of reaching the final bouts of their weight classes.
Iranians only managed to claim four bronze medals in Budapest – three of which came in the freestyle competitions, where Khadem was also in charge of the Iranian squad – leading the country to a 25th-place finish in the medals table.
In his resignation letter, Khadem emphasized the need for more financial support and better preparation for Iran’s most decorated sport.
“With all the high expectations of the Iranian wrestling – to collect Olympic medals and be among the top three teams in the world championships – we need to provide the national teams with the required tools,” the statement read.
This is the second time Khadem steps down as the head of the Iranian wrestling body in less than a year as he had left his job in March for a 40-day spell.