The first team to compete under the auspices of the National Olympic Committee participated in the London 1948 Olympic Games.
It included boxer Emanoul AGASSI, father of Atlanta 1996 tennis gold medallist Andre AGASSI (USA).
Their first medallist was weightlifter Jafar Mohammad SALMASI, who took bronze in the featherweight. Weightlifting has been a productive sport for Iran.
Their other successes came in wrestling, a sport that brought their first gold medals at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Emam Ali HABIBI won lightweight freestyle gold and Gholam Reza TAKHTI won light heavyweight freestyle gold. He also claimed two silver medals. Ali Reza DABIR won the featherweight gold in freestyle wrestling at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Rasoul KHADEM AZGADI won gold in the light heavyweight class at the same Games. Super heavyweight weightlifter Hossein Reza ZADEH became the first Iranian to win two Olympic gold medals. His successes came at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and in Athens in 2004.
Iran's most successful Olympian is Hadi SAEI, who won the men's featherweight taekwondo in Athens in 2004 and a gold in the welterweight class at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He has competed in three consecutive Olympic Games and also collected a bronze.
Fencer Freydoun Khan MALKOM competed in the Paris 1900 Games and is considered by some to be Iran's first Olympic representative.
Sorood-e Jomhoori-e Eslami (Salute the Islamic Republic)
Anthem: Year of Induction
Music by Hassan RIAHI, the words were written collectively.
Official NOC name
IOC recognition date
NOC President's name
HE Mr Mohammad ALI ABADI
NOC General Secretary's name
Mr Bahram AFSHARZADEH
Year of first appearance in an Olympic Games
Number of appearances in Olympic Games
16, including London 2012
Summary of Olympic Games Appearances
|Medals per sport|
|Wrestling - Freestyle||5||11||14||30|
|Wrestling - Greco-Roman||0||1||1||2|
|Medals per year|