GIRONAHis love for sports began before he was born. The mother, a professional volleyball player in Tehran, the capital of Iran, practiced while she was pregnant with Fatemeh Khalajhedayati, a member of the volunteer team for the II Catalan Sports Week, which will take place in the Girona regions from this Thursday 13 to 23 October. “She would take me to her training sessions and I would stay around, playing with anything and picking up balls. I had barely walked and the first memories are these, watching my mother compete. As I grew up I tried many sports: gymnastics, athletics, basketball… At home they let me choose, I could decide what I wanted to do. And now I’m here, in Catalonia,” he says with a laugh, despite not having had an easy life. In fact, in the whole conversation he only loses his smile when he is asked about the situation that is being experienced these days in his country of origin. “You see me happy, but I’m very distressed. I think a lot about the family, because I have them there and these are difficult times. I don’t wish what we’re going through on anyone, it’s not a pleasant feeling. But I want to convey their voice”.