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11/25/06

Iran wins Asian Zurkhaneh Sports Festival title

 
Tehran, Nov 25, IRNA- Iran stood top at the 1st Asian Zurkhaneh Sports Festival (AZSF) here Thursday night. Zourkhaneh, literally meaning house of strength, is the Iranian national sport also called varzesh-e pahlavani (sport of heroes) or varzesh-e bastani (sport of ancients) played in an Iranian traditional gymnasium.
 

Zourkhaneh is not only a place where physical exercises are held but also one where chivalry is learned.
 
The Zourkhaneh sportsman is first expected to be pure, truthful, good-tempered and then physically strong.
 
Zourkhaneh and varzesh-e pahlavani have their roots in Iranian culture and date back at least 2000 years ago.
 
 

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Iran stole the show in the three-day event in the Shohada-ye Haftom-e Tir Hall in central Tehran with 78 points.
 
Iraq finished runner-up with 70 points while Tajikistan, Afghanistan, South Korea, Pakistan, Nepal, and Indonesia ranked third to eighth with 65, 42, 38, 34, 31, and 27 points, respectively.
 
Seventeen teams participated in the tournament.
 
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