Iran legend picked as Diving Federation's ambassador
An Iranian professional diver of the 1950s and 60s has made headlines after returning to the world games for a ceremonial dive and was picked as the ambassador of the International Diving Federation.
Asgari, 99, was crowned a special ambassador of the global swimming body World
Aquatics after he performed a 1-meter dive in Doha on Saturday.
showed him hiding his tears after he received a medal from authorities and was
applauded by the audience in the pool.
won a silver and bronze medal at the inaugural Asian Games in New Delhi in
1951. He then said goodbye to diving in 1966 after winning a national gold
me, I have had a love of diving since I was a teenager. I have always loved
diving. Nothing has changed between 1951 and now, except my performance!” he
told the World Aquatics website.
was born and raised in the slopes of Alborz Mountain in Shemiran, located to
the north of the Iranian capital, Tehran, where he still lives.
old diver gave his recommendations to current and future competitors in aquatic
only thing I want to tell you is about loving this sport and to keep yourself
healthy,” said Asgari.