Soleyman Binafard

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Soleyman Binafard
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Born 1933
Updated on 28 May 2007.

Soleyman Binafard (Persian: سلیمان بینافرد‎‎; born 1933) is a former Iranian sport wrestler who holds the distinction of being the only Jew in Iran to join Iran's national wrestling team.[citation needed]

He started to wrestle freestyle in 1950 at the age of 15. That same year, he won the championship in Tehran's Junior League.

He was twice freestyle national champion in the 48 kg weightclass, champion of Tehran's Taj Arena Championship, champion (single & double champion) in Tehran's senior league, second in Greco-Roman Olympic trials in Italy (1960), second in World Team Trials championship, and a silver medalist in the Maccabiah.


Chehabi, H.E. (June 2002). "Sports". In Houman Sarshar. Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America. p. 377. ISBN 978-0-8276-0751-4.