Babak Ghorbani

Babak Ghorbani (Persian: بابک قربانی; 19 March 1989 – 16 November 2014) was an Iranian wrestler.[1] In 2011 he was banned from competing for two years for doping, in 2012 he was charged in a murder, and in 2014 he committed suicide in prison.

Babak Ghorbani
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Personal information
Full nameBabak Ghorbani Goldasteh
Born(1989-03-19)March 19, 1989
Kermanshah, Iran
DiedNovember 16, 2014(2014-11-16) (aged 25)
Kermanshah, Iran
Resting placeBagh Ferdos Cemetery, Kermanshah, Iran
Years active2008–2011
Country Iran
SportSport wrestling
Coached byTouraj Mehri
Mohammad Bana
Medal record
Representing  Iran
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guangzhou 96 kg
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi 96 kg


He won gold medal at 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

In 2011, Ghorbani was banned from participation in FILA events for two years due to use of anabolic steroids.[2] As a result, he was unable to compete in the 2012 Olympics.


In 2012, he was in a fight during a hunting trip in a mountainous area of Kermanshah, and was charged with murder for shooting a man to death.[3] He committed suicide in Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah on November 16, 2014, by ingesting an aluminum phosphide caplet used for fumigation.[4][5][3]


  1. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  2. ^ "Iran Sports Press | Two Iranian wrestlers test positive for doping". Archived from the original on 20 February 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Suicide and Despair Plague Iran's Prisons".
  4. ^ "بابک قربانی، کشتی‌گير محکوم به اعدام، در زندان خودکشی کرد" (in Persian). 2014-11-16. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  5. ^ Human, Kurdistan (10 June 2017). "Kurdistan Human Rights Association » Kurdish Young suicide from "Harsin" in prison". Retrieved 2019-12-15.