In 2013, Saeed Ramin, an Iranian professional traceur, landed on a mat during an illegal competition, resulting in a spinal cord injury to his neck. The severity of the injury left him with limited mobility, only able to blink. According to his doctors, it was believed that he would be unable to sit in a wheelchair. However, through dedicated rehabilitation and unwavering confidence, Saeed defied expectations and regained some of his abilities, now residing in a wheelchair.
Just one year after the incident, Saeed crossed paths with Maedeh, one of his interns, and their relationship blossomed over time. After six years, they celebrated their marriage, united in their belief that Saeed will one day rise from his wheelchair.
The sport of parkour gained popularity in Iran following the appearance of two Iranian traceurs in the documentary “Jump London.” In 2003. However, in 2010, parkour was declared illegal in Iran due to its perceived high-risk nature. Despite the remarkable performances of Iranian traceurs at the World Championships in Turkey, the sport lacks the necessary administration in Iran to prevent irrecoverable damages and injuries through proper support and professional training.
The story, “Thoughts of Flight,” was awarded the 3rd prize in Sports Story in the 2021 World Press Photo Award.