Saeid Abdevali

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Saeid Abdevali
Saeid Abdevali at the 2016 Summer Olympics 03.jpg
Saeid Abdevali
Personal information
Native name سعید عبدولی
Full name Saeid Abdevali
Nationality Iranian
Born 4 November 1989 (1989-11-04) (age 27)
Andimeshk, Iran
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)

Saeid Abdevali (Persian: سعيد عبدولى‎‎, born 4 November 1989) is an Iranian wrestler. He is a two-time world junior champion in Greco-Roman wrestling. He was born in Andimeshk.

Abdevali won the 2011 World Championships to clinch his spot at the Olympics in London. Abdevali also won the 2010 Asian Games and won the World Cup in 2010 and 2011. This success followed his junior career, where he won the World Championship in 2008 and 2009 and was the Asian junior champion in 2008. He also won two bronze medals at the Asian junior championships before moving to the senior level in 2010.

London 2012 Olympics[edit]

Despite being tipped to take the gold medal, Abdevali was eliminated in the London 2012 Olympics by French wrestler Steeve Guenot, in what was widely regarded as a controversial decision by the referee. Protest against fouls committed by Guenot was dismissed and ignored by the referees, whereas fouls committed by Abdevali were magnified and penalised.[citation needed]

Asian Games 2014[edit]

In semi-final stage of the 2014 Asian Games, Korean Wrestler Jung Ji-hyun, while Abdevali executed 5 Fitos, pinned him down in the first period and was announced by the referee as the winner. The Korean coach protested and the referee revised the decision and asked the wrestlers to continue. Eventually, Abdevali lost the game 6-9 to his Korean opponent.[1] Although he lost by decision, the Iranian Wrestling Federation announced that, if next match against Indian wrestler was won, Abdevali would receive gold medalists' prize.[2]

World Fair Play Award Winner[edit]

On 30 September 2014, during the semi-final match of the 71kg wrestling event of the 17th Incheon Asian Games, Saeed Abdevali was unfairly declared loser of the bout against his Korean opponent despite clear evidence showing that he had been treated wrongly by the jury and should have progressed to the final round of the event for the gold medal. Nonetheless, his spirit of sportsmanship was stronger than any other emotion and he even attended the award ceremony after his opponent was unfairly announced winner. Respect for the decision of the judge and humility on the sporting field – that is the spirit of a real champion! [3]