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May, 14, 1900 A.D.:
First Iranian Competes In Olympics

By: Mir M.Hosseini


The first Iranian to compete at Olympic Games was Fereydoun Malkom, a fencer who participated in 1900 Summer Olympics in France. He was disqualified during the first round (14-15 May). In Paris Games, 76 fencers from 19 nations competed. Iran, Haiti and Peru were not recognized by IOC due to the fact that these countries did not officially participate in the event.
Not much is known about Fereydoun Khan Malkom other than he was a prince from the Qajar Royal Court. He became the first Olympic competitor for Persia (Iran), and the only one to compete in the Qajar dynasty.
It would not be until the Pahlavi Dynasty and the 1948 Summer Olympics when Iran sent a team to compete at the Olympic Games.



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