Zoorkhaneh (PHOTOS)

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Images of Iranian athletes who practice in Zoorkhaneh.

Zoorkhaneh (traditional Iranian gymnasium) features a system of athletics originally used to train warriors. It is believed to have been pioneered by Pourya-ye Vali, who was famous for his chivalrous behavior and strength, about 700 years ago.

The traditional sport is assumed to be much older; ancient Iranians practiced traditional wrestling to build up their physical stamina.

Images of Zoorkhaneh posted online by Tasnim News Agency:

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Fatemeh Askarieh is an Iranian journalist working on a range of fields including culture, art, lifestyle, cultural heritage, and tourism. She has been working with the Iran Front Page (IFP) Media Group for 10 years, and is currently the head of the Art and Lifestyle Department.

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