International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting has sent its condolences to the family of Antranik Nahabeet and the Iraq National Paralympic Committee after he tragically died in Baghdad.
Nahabeet led the Iraq team to one gold, three silver and two bronze medals over four editions of the Paralympic Games, including the silver won by 72kg lifter Rasool Mohsin in September in Rio de Janeiro.
Other athletes to have claimed Paralympic medals for Iraq during Nahabeet’s tenure include Faris Abed and Thaair Hussin, who won gold and bronze at Athens 2004 respectively.
Jon Amos, IPC Powerlifting's Sport Technical Committee chairperson and a former coach himself, was among those to pay tribute to Nahabeet.
"Altranik, by sheer nature and portrayed through his own unique personality, was a kind, gentle, very fine man and also a great coaching adversary during my own years as a coach," Amos said.
"The memories I have of him, along with many others in the sport I’m sure, are all good ones, many being very humorous.
"The sport will certainly miss his great presence at future events."
Nahabeet also coached his team to success at various World Championships, including bronzes for Faris Al-Ajeeli and Thaer Al Ali in 2014.