Para athlete interview –Siamand Rahman
20 Questions & Answers
- What is your name?
- Siamand Rahman.
- Where were you born?
- I was born in Oshnavieh, Iran.
- What is your sport?
- Para powerlifting.
- When was your first Paralympic Games?
- London 2012.
- Did you win a medal?
- Yes, a gold medal.
- How about in Rio 2016?
- I won a gold medal there, too.
- Did you break any records?
- Yes, I bench pressed 310kg.
- How long have you been competing?
- I've been a Para powerlifter for almost ten years.
- What inspired you to take up the sport?
- My parents.
- What do you do before a competition?
- What do you think about when you're lifting?
- Winning the gold medal and breaking the world record.
- What's the attraction of Para powerlifting?
- A sense of power and being strong.
- Do you do any other sports?
- Do you know any words in Japanese?
- “Hai” (means "Yes")
- What Japanese food do you like?
- What is your impression of Tokyo?
- It's a beautiful city with many kind people.
- What is your favourite word or saying?
- If you have the will, you can do it.
- What is your least favourite word?
- I don't have one.
- How would you describe yourself?
- I'm a good boy.
- What will you be doing in 2020?
- First of all, winning a gold medal, and hopefully breaking a world record.
For those who are unfamiliar with Paralympic sports, what do you think is interesting about Para athletes and Para powerlifting, and what would you recommend they look out for during the Paralympic games?
Spectators have the opportunity to watch the athletes, who have trained for four years despite their impairments and other difficulties. It is very important for the athletes to share their happiness after winning gold medals with other athletes and with the spectators. But it's not only medals, it's also important that spectators attend the competitions. That helps the spectators feel a deeper affinity with the athletes. It also inspires the athletes to perform to their peak.
What do you feel will be the main differences between the Rio 2016 Games and the Tokyo 2020 Games?
The Rio 2016 Games were great, but because Tokyo is such a beautiful city with many kind people, and with its outstanding technologies, I am looking forward very much to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Do you have a particular rival in your event?
Generally speaking, I do not have any particular rivals. You can say that my biggest threat is this powerlifter from my native country Iran who can lift 250kg.
And do you think that having a particular rival acts as further motivation?
Do you know anybody who can compete?
I'm sure there are times during your training that you aren't achieving the results that you want. What do you do to lift your spirits during such times?
Well, I try to train harder and I ask my coach to help me to become more focused, and I try to make mental images of myself lifting the bar,
You have competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games. What are your expectations for the Tokyo 2020 Games?
After the Rio 2016 Games, I started training in Mexico to prepare myself for the world championships where I hope to break the world record. I would love to have a memorable experience at the Tokyo 2020 Games as well, and, of course, bring home the gold medal.
You are talking about breaking the records at the next world championships, how confident are you that you can break the record at the next Games?
It's the coaches, assistants and federations who decide if and when we should try to break the world record. Small competitions are not so important. But we will definitely be trying to break the record at a major competition like the Tokyo 2020 Games.