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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