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US National Olympic Committee invites Iranian football team to friendlies

Tehran, Feb 12, IRNA - The United States invited Iranian national football team for friendly matches, Secretary General of Iran National Olympic Committee and Chairman of Iran Football Federation Ali Kafashian said on Tuesday.

He told IRNA that head of international strategies and development of United States National Olympic Committee Dragomir Cioroslan who is on a four-day visit to Iran for training 65 weightlifters, at National Olympic and Paralympic Academy, called for holding joint camps with Iranian athletes in the United States in the run up to the World Cup Games.

Kafashian said that Cioroslan also invited Iranian national football team to hold a friendly matches with the United States national football team and another team in Los Angeles.

The Iranian official said that he conditioned acceptance of the invitations to the clearance of the Foreign Ministry.

He said that the presence of Iranian athletes in the United States will be in the framework of the international regulations, but, for the friendlies in the US, 'we need an okay from the Foreign Ministry'.

Kafashian said that the US officials were ready to sign a letter of understanding and the Iranian party conditioned signing the accord to approval of respective officials.

He said that the invitation for the national Iranian football team is for May.

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