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1/25/05

Iran garners four taekwondo golds at Women's Games

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA -- Iran collected four gold medals at taekwondo competitions in the first Islamic and Muslim Capitals' Women's Games in Tehran on Monday.


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Neda Zare', Farzaneh Kalhor, Shokoufeh Karimi, and Shohreh Khalajzadeh stood top in the first, third, fifth, and seventh weights categories respectively.

In the first weight class, Zare' handed Tehran the gold medal while Nazila Nezami from Tehran Municipality won the silver and the bronze went to Leila Hosseini from Afghanistan.

In the third weight, Kalhor from Municipality stole the show and Hakimeh Khashei from Afghanistan snatched the bronze medal. Zeinab Heidari from Tehran and Iraqi player Ra'na Abbassi tied at No. 3, jointly bagging bronze.

In the fifth weight, Tehran's Karimi took the gold medal, Kenarik Gregorian from Armenia won the silver, and Nasrin Shazdeh-Ahmadi from Tehran and Fatemeh Hamidi from Afghanistan jointly received the bronze medal.

In the seventh weight, Khalajzadeh from Tehran stood on the highest podium and Municipality's Mahrouz Saei finished runner-up.

Just the duo competed in this weight category.

Zare' was named as "Technical Player of the Games."

The event was officially inaugurated in the presence of sports officials and Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel in the 12,000-seater hall of Azadi Sports Complex in western Tehran Sunday.

Haddad-Adel vowed that Parliament will use all its power to boost women's sports.

The speaker added the Islamic Republic is determined to promote sports associated with Islamic values among women.

"We want to show to the world that Muslim women can be active in sporting fields while observing morals. We want to prove that the Islamic Republic can develop women's sports without making a copy of other nations' programs since it has the capacity to promote sports among women and observe the Islamic dress code at the same time."

The ranking official noted that loyalty to the values is not tantamount to struggle against other cultures but the Islamic Republic is moving toward strengthening the Islamic entity.

He said the sporting event will help Muslim women befriend as the message of sports is peace and friendship in the world.

Sports is a must for a healthy society, said the Majlis speaker underlining that sports is very important to women, who are would-be mothers.

Women's Games is a major stride toward helping Muslim women gain their status, said Haddad-Adel.

The 2005 event is held in 2005, the Year of Sports and Health, recalled the speaker and added, "The Islamic Republic prides itself on holding the first edition of Women's Games."

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