Iranian Olympian Kianoush Rostami Auctioning Off Gold Medal to Aid Earthquake Victims

Iranian Olympian Kianoush Rostami is auctioning off his gold medal to aid victims of the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq on Sunday.
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Iranian Olympian Kianoush Rostami is auctioning off his gold medal to aid victims of the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq on Sunday.

Rostami announced his decision in an Instagram post. The caption, according to Google Translate explains that he believes the medal belongs to the citizens of Iraq and that by auctioning it off, he is returning it to them. Rostami also posted a picture of himself in front of supplies that he says he will ensure make it to Kermanshah, a city on Iran's west coast that was hit hardest by the earthquake. 

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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Iran's west and Iraq's east coast on Sunday. More than 500 people are confirmed dead as a result of the earthquake. 

Rostami, who competes in the 85 kg weight class, won a silver medal at the 2012 Games in London and a gold in 2016 in Rio.