Hossein Tavakoli: "There is No Impossible for Mankind"

Defending Olympic gold medalist Hossein Tavakoli blew out his knee in an excruciating injury at the Asian Weightlifting Championships last month, but don't think it crushed his spirit. Tehran-based sports writer Negin Hosseini interviewed Tavakoli at his home and the very popular 105-kg category lifter, who looks like his next stop should be a Hollywood movie, was in good spirits. "I see good improvement in the healing process . . . I do hope I get well enough to take part in the Olympic Games. Remember: Nobody ever thought I could win a gold medal in the last Olympics, but I won it with the help of God, and now a miracle might happen again and take me to Athens. I think one should be realistic and accept the bitter realities of life, but I think there is no IMPOSSIBLE for mankind. Right now, the most important is regaining my health, and if I gain my health again, then I will certainly come back to lifting, stronger than ever. Pray for me to get well."

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