TEHRAN - President Rouhani said that Iranian athletes' message in Olympics, Paralympics is "peace, friendship, coexistence".
President Rouhani attended a ceremony held for seeing off Iranian athletes departing for Rio Olympics and Paralympics and said that Iranian athletes' success in these games contribute to national pride, as well as hope and exhilaration in the society, according to president.ir.
"Iranian nation are seeing off these athletes with their heart and prayer," continued Rouhani.
Stressing that the government will continue supporting public and championship sport in the country, Rouhani said: "Fortunately there is a new record in the number of Iranian athletes' attending Olympics and Paralympics and this is a great success for our dear athletes".
He went on saying: "Sport is the symbol of a nation's strength, activity and exhilaration in international stages".
"The biggest cruelty towards people is promoting despair of future in them and the biggest service comes from those who are giving people hope in words and in action," said Rouhani, stressing that success is not possible without hope and exhilaration.
The President added: "Iran is the most secure, most integrated country compared to most countries in the region and the world".
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