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Iran defeats Qatar 1-0 to get closer to 2018 FIFA World Cup

- The Iran men's national football team, also known as Team Melli, inches closer to the 2018 FIFA World Cup after extending its unbeaten run in the Asian qualifying tournament with a victory over Qatar. On Thursday evening, the Iranian outfit notched up a 1-0 win over the Maroons in a Group A fixture at the multi-purpose Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in the Qatari capital city of Doha. - 3/24/17

Greco-Roman World Cup: Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran take the top spots

- The national Iranian senior Greco-Roman wrestling team has finished in third place at the conclusion of 2017 Greco-Roman World Cup in the central western Iranian city of Abadan on on March 17, 2017. Meanwhile, Russia overpowered Azerbaijan 5-3 and ranked the champion of the tournament. - 3/21/17

Iran crowned 2017 AFC Beach Soccer champions

- Iran was crowned AFC Beach Soccer Championship Malaysia 2017 champions on Saturday after beating the United Arab Emirates 7-2 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Also, Iran's talisman Mohammadali Mokhtari was crowned the Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer - 3/11/17

International Women's Day: Iran's first female triathlete

- It is International Women's Day and events are taking place across the world. As part of our coverage, we are looking at women who have broken the mould. This is the story of how one Iranian female athlete overcame many obstacles to make history. -BBC - 3/8/17

China's Tan Zhongyi becomes the 16th Women's World Chess Champion

- In the final match of the World Championship in Tehran Tan Zhongyi defeated Anna Muzychuk on tie-break with 1,5 - 0,5. The final tie-break of the Women's World Chess Championship took place in the Espinas Palace Hotel on March 3. Four previous games with classical time control finished with 2:2 score. - 3/4/17

American werstler Jordan Burroughs invited to Iran by the country's Wrestling Federation

- Iran Wrestling Federation has invited the American freestyle wrestling world and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs and his family to visit Iran for a 10-day recreational trip. Burroughs described the wrestling competition as one of the best moments in his whole wrestling career and lauded Iranian fans for their warm welcome and support. - 2/26/17

Iranian men's rollball team finishes 2nd in World Cup

- The Iranian men's national team has ended its campaign at the third edition of the Rollball World Cup in India, and finished as the runner-up of the international contests after falling to the hosts. The Iranian squad lost to the world-title-holder India 6-4 in a match played at the Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in the Balewadi suburb of India's western city of Pune on Sunday. - 2/24/17

Iran rollball team progresses to World Cup semifinal round

- The Iranian men's national rollball team has earned a spot in the semi-final round of the fourth edition of Rollball World Cup in Bangladesh, chalking up a handsome win over the Danish outfit. - 2/21/17

Russians Take Spotlight At Kish Island Beach Volleyball Final

- After the last three days of cold and wet weather, the sun finally showed up and heated up the final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Kish Island 3-Star at Kish Marine Recreational and Sports Complex on Saturday. Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov's second World Tour event of the season worked like a charm, as they captured the gold medal at the Kish Island 3-Star 2017 - 2/20/17

Iran Bans Teen Chess Siblings Over Head Scarf, Match Against Israeli

- Iranian chess officials have barred two teen siblings from domestic chess tournaments and the national team for crossing some of the religious establishment's so-called red lines at an international chess event. - 2/20/17

Iran rollball team eases into World Cup quarterfinal games

- The Iranian men's national rollball team has thrashed Argentina for the fourth handsome victory at the preliminary round of the fourth edition of Rollball World Cup in Bangladesh, and a place in the quarterfinals of the tournament. - 2/20/17

20 countries to participate in 2nd International Weightlifting Competitions (Fajr Cup) in Ahvaz, Iran

- Meanwhile, USA Weightlifting, which is the national governing body overseeing the sport of weightlifting in the United States, has voiced its readiness to participate in the event and even submitted its list of weightlifters and members of the technical team to the IRIWF. The request needs to be reviewed by Iranian Foreign Ministry officials before final approval and visa issuance. - 2/20/17

Iran: Women Allowed to Attend Kish Island Open

- The apparent decision by Iranian authorities to allow women to attend the Kish Island Open volleyball tournament is a positive, if small, step in the right direction, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent media reports said that female spectators will be allowed to attend the four-day beach volleyball competition, from February 15 through 18, 2017. Women had been barred from attending volleyball tournaments under a 2012 decree, in violation of international rules. -HRW - 2/18/17

2017 Freestyle World Cup: Iran defends title after defeating US

- The Iranian men's national freestyle wrestling team has claimed the top position at the end of the 2017 Freestyle World Cup in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah, after trouncing the American side in the title challenge. - 2/17/17

Amidst US-Iran tensions, wrestlers emerge as sports diplomats

- The journey to the Wrestling World Cup in Iran has been an exhausting one for the US team - not so much because of the long trip from the US to the Iranian city Kermanshah with two stopovers in Frankfurt and Tehran. It was the diplomatic hurdles that had stressed Team USA out. -CNN - 2/17/17

Freestyle Wrestling World Cup: Iran, Azerbaijan, US and Mongolia are first day winners

- In the first round of Free Style World Cup in Kermanshah, Iran and Azerbaijan have crushed Turkey and Russia, respectively to take the first blood. Iran's western provincial center of Kermanshah hosts Free Style World Cup 2017 where in two groups, world's dominant national squads compete in direct matches. n Group A, Georgia and the US also faced each other and the latter defeated the Georgians 7-1. - 2/16/17

PHOTOS: Iranians warmly welcome US freestyle wrestling team

- Hundreds of Iranian wrestling enthusiasts and correspondents have extended their friendly welcome to American wrestlers, who arrived in the country to take part in the 2017 Freestyle World Cup. The US freestyle wrestling team landed at Shahid Ashrafi Esfahani Airport in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah, located 525 kilometers west of the capital, Tehran, on Monday afternoon and was given a warm reception upon arrival. - 2/14/17

Iranian Archers Win Medals In Las Vegas World Cup

- Members of the Iranian archery team have managed to bag one gold, one bronze and two silver medals in Las Vegas 2017 Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 4. Initially blocked by the Trump administration's controversial travel ban, members of the Iranian archery team were issued visas to reach Las Vegas for an important Indoor Archery World Cup competition. - 2/13/17

The Limits of Sports Diplomacy in US-Iran Relations

- US-Iranian relations since 1979 have been characterized by long periods of animosity and mutual demonization and only fleeting moments of relaxed tensions. Under President Trump, the United States has ratcheted up the anti-Iran rhetoric and actions, causing some analysts to opine that a military confrontation between the two countries is likely. -Nader Entessar - 2/10/17

Women's World Chess Championship kicks off in Tehran

- The knock-out tournament will have the participation of some of the world's top players, including the former Women's World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Anna Ushenina (Ukraine), Zhu Chen (Qatar) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), the current Women's World Rapid and Blitz Champion Anna Muzychuk, the winner of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2015-2016 Ju Wenjun (China), the three-time Russian champion and two-time European Champion Valentina Gunina and other leading grandmasters. - 2/10/17

Iran's Khamenei and Trump spar, and sports and academic ties feel blowback

- Among the first casualties of President Trump's immigration ban was the United States wrestling team - victims of a reciprocal Iranian ban that would have kept Americans out of the Freestyle World Cup in Iran in mid-February. Then Mr. Trump's ban was suspended by court order. Iran responded by rescinding its ban. The American wrestlers could travel. Not so lucky were two Iranian archers planning to take part in a stage of the indoor Archery World Cup in Las Vegas this weekend. Their US visas were never issued. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 2/8/17

Behnaz Shafiei: Iran's trailblazing female biker makes history with women's race

- When Behnaz Shafiei crosses the finish line on Friday at the end of a dusty, rock-strewn race track in Karaj, near Tehran, it will mark the end of both a simple motorbike race and a three-year campaign for women's rights in Iran. Whether she wins the race or not, it's a victory. - 2/6/17

Iran To Issue Visas To U.S. Wrestling Team

- Iran will issue visas for a U.S. wrestling team to attend the February 16-17 Freestyle World Cup competition, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports, reversing a decision announced on February 3 that banned visas for the team in response to an executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump banning visas for Iranians. - 2/5/17

American wrestlers banned from traveling to Iran to participate in World Cup

- Iran banned the U.S. wrestlers from participating in the Freestyle World Cup in the western city of Kermanshah in response to President Trump's executive order forbidding visas for Iranian nationals. The competition will be held on Feb. 16-17 and the U.S. Wrestling team was due to attend the competition. - 2/3/17

The U.S. wrestlers planning to travel to Iran despite travel ban

- USA Wrestling said that the U.S. still plans to compete next month in Iran, one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens were temporarily banned from the U.S. by an executive order from President Donald Trump. - 1/31/17

Iranian Duo Make History in Women's Volleyball by Moving to Bulgaria

- Iran's first two women volleyball players to compete outside the Islamic Republic joined Bulgarian club Shumen this month, a move which has taken years of negotiation with Iranian authorities and which could help break down some gender barriers at home. -Angel Krasimirov , Reuters - 1/19/17

PROFILES: Iranian woman motorcycle racer Baran Hadizadeh

- Up at the crack of dawn Baran Hadizadeh starts her day of motocross practice, a routine she goes for three times a week. Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. Taking her heavyweight motorbike in tow, she drives to the racing track in Hashtgerd, outskirt of Tehran, to live her dream, one day at a time. -Marjan Golpira - 1/16/17

Iranian indoor field hockey team crushes host in Croatia Indoor Cup 2017

- The Iranian men's national indoor field hockey team has preserved its winning streak in the Croatia Indoor Cup 2017 and registered a resounding victory against a squad of players from the host nation's top-ranked clubs. - 1/8/17

Iran Football Federation fails preparation plan for World Cup, says coach Carlos Queioz

- Iran National Team's head coach Carlos Queioz has revealed that after the Iranian football federation failed to fulfil its promise he presented a resignation letter and will not continue his job. - 1/8/17

PHOTOS: Iranian teenage girl pulls 3 cars with her teeth

- Iranian 16-year-old girl, Faezeh Sarlak, has pulled three cars with her teeth 4.06 meters to register her name in the World Federation as the first female Iranian athlete in the field. She is the first Iranian female athlete who has been able to drag three cars with teeth, but her record still needs to be recognized by the Guinness World Records. - 1/8/17

Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz resigns, Branko being considered as replacement

- Carlos Queiroz has resigned from Iran national coach on Saturday, according to a member of the board of directors of Iran's Football Federation. Amir Abedini said that they have received the Portuguese coach's resignation letter on Saturday. Persepolis head coach Branko Ivankovic could replace Carlos Queiroz if the Portuguese leaves his role at Team Melli, according to Croatian media. - 1/7/17

Iran football in jeopardy due to coaches feud

- Persepolis coach Branko Ivankovic and Iran national team coach Carlos Queiroz have renewed hostilities once again. Branko criticized Queiroz for holding a useless five-day camp in the UAE because he will have not his six players in mid-season training and former Real Madrid coach has expelled the Persepolis players from the camp just one day in Dubai in response to the Croat's allegations. - 1/5/17

Siamand Rahman: World's strongest Paralympian raises bar higher

- In the build up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rahman had tantalised the world with one of the most exciting stories of 'will he or will he not' ever seen in the Paralympic Movement. On breaking the men's over 107kg world record no less than nine times in two years before Rio 2016, the question on everyone's lips was clear: can he reach the mystical 300kg mark? -IPC - 12/27/16

Women Wrestling: UWW agrees to Iran's cover-singlet proposal

- The United World Wrestling (UWW) has accepted a proposal by Iran to allow female athletes from Muslim nations to adhere to Islamic dress code while taking part in international tournaments. Most of the technical principles of cover-singlet wrestling are similar to those of women's wrestling. A singlet covers the athlete's body from head to toe, and an accompanying helmet protects her head and ears. - 12/26/16

Iran proposes World Solidarity for Wrestling yearly contests

- The Islamic Republic of Iran Wrestling Federation (IRIWF) has submitted a proposal to the governing body for amateur wrestling to organize three-team tournaments every year under the "World Solidarity for Wrestling" banner. The events could be held in Tehran's Milad Tower, in Red Square in the Russian capital city of Moscow, and in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan of New York City, as well as popular venues in Japan and Turkey, the Iranian organization proposed. - 12/18/16

Iran's Sina Sanat Izeh crowned at World Wrestling Clubs Cup

- Iranian wrestling club Sina Sanat Izeh has been crowned the champion of the third edition of the Greco-Roman Club World Cup in Hungary. On Friday evening, the Iranian team finished in the first place at the end of the two-day competitions in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, overpowering Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi SK of Turkey 5-3 in the title showdown. - 12/12/16

Sareh Javanmardi raises awareness about people with impairment

- A series of women made indelible marks on the shooting range at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Sareh Javanmardi stormed to two pistol golds, the first Iranian woman to win a title in shooting, and the USA's McKenna Dahl became her country's first female medallist in shooting Para sport. - 12/9/16

Iran women's rugby sevens team vice champion at Germany tournament

- Iran national women's under-22 rugby sevens team has made quite an achievement at a four-team round-robin tournament in Germany, finishing in the second place at the end of the event. - 12/5/16

Iranian powerlifters pocket 8 gold medals in world tournament

- Iranian powerlifters have started off to a vigorous and impressive campaign at the World Championship Amateur World Powerlifting Congress (AWPC)/ World Champions Cup World Powerlifting Congress (WPC)/World Armlifting Association (WAA) - 2016 in Russia, winning eight gold medals. - 12/5/16

Iranian Female Soccer Pros Featured on Next 60 MINUTES SPORTS on Showtime

- American citizen, who grew up in Tulsa, Okla., has become a leading coach in Iran's nascent professional girls' soccer program, and she tells Lesley Stahl she sees an increasing number of women and girls playing the sport across the country. Stahl goes to Iran to speak to Katayoun Khosrowyar and see this so-called soccer revolution first-hand on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS -Broadway World - 12/5/16

Tabriz to host World ParaVolley World Club Cup May 1-6, 2017

- Northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz (map) has been chosen to host the 2017 World ParaVolley World Club Cup. The competition will be held in Tabriz next year from May 1 to 6. Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz will represent Iran in the competition. - 12/5/16

Titan Mercury of U.S. defeats Bimeh Razi of Iran to claim championship of World Wrestling Clubs Cup 2016

- Iranian wrestling club Bimeh Razi has been defeated by the Titan Mercury of the United States at the 2016 Freestyle World Wrestling Clubs Cup in Ukraine, and finished as the runner-up in the respected international event. - 12/3/16

Iranian chess master Sara Khademalsharieh sustains 1st loss in FIDE Grand Prix

- Iranian International Master and Woman Grandmaster Sarasadat Khademalsharieh has sustained her first loss at the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) Women's Grand Prix in Russia, going down to a representative from China in the ninth round of the final leg of the tournament. - 11/30/16

Iran's Sardar Azmoun Makes Champions League Team of Week

- Iranian national football team's striker Sardar Azmoun has made Champions League Team of the Week. He has been called the "Iranian Messi" and perhaps the reasons are a little bit clearer now. The stage for Rostov's 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich was set by Azmoun's superb first half equalizer, ESPN wrote. - 11/25/16

Iranian girls crowned in world junior taekwondo championships

- Young Iranian female taekwondo practitioners have put a tremendous end to their campaign at the 11th edition of the WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Canada, claiming the top podium place at the conclusion of the high-status tournament. - 11/22/16

Stars of Tomorrow: Iran's Mobina Nejad Katesari

- Nobody can confirm whether or not if it is a world record, but everybody in Burnaby is talking about it: The incredible run by Iran's Mobina Nejad Katesari on Day 1 of the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Junior Championships. Over a day of fighting that ended with her being crowned world champion in the female -42kg category, she scythed her way through the opposition, scoring 73 points and conceding none. - 11/21/16

Iran taekwondo practitioner Parisa Javadi earns bronze in world junior championships

- Iranian taekwondo practitioner Parisa Javadi has managed to grab a bronze medal in the 11th edition of the WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Canada. On Saturday, Javadi triumphed over her Spanish opponent in the first round of the female minus 63-kilogram contests at the Bill Copeland Sports Center in the western Canadian city of Burnaby thanks to a golden point. - 11/21/16

Cancer stricken junior Iranian wrestler to pick up United World Wrestling Endurance Trophy

- Junior Iranian freestyle wrestler Abolfazl Aramideh, who has been battling cancer over the past few months, is poised to receive the United World Wrestling (UWW) Endurance Trophy later this week. Aramideh is currently receiving treatment at the hematology-oncology ward of Tehran's Imam Khomeini Hospital. - 11/17/16

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Iran, Syria play out goalless draw

- Iran men's national team has been held to a goalless draw against Syria to stay put at the top spot of its group in the third round of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualification tournament. - 11/16/16

Iranian squad crowned at world kickboxing championship

- Iran's male national kickboxing team has won the World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) World Championship 2016 in Italy. On Saturday and the final day of the competitions in the southern Italian city of Andria, the Iranian eight-member delegation took the honors with a total of eight medals (7 golds and one bronze). - 11/14/16

Iran crowned at World Pahlavani Wrestling Championship

- The first ever edition of Pahlavani Wrestling World Championship was competed from November 10 to 13 in Minsk of Belarus and has attracted wrestlers from 45 world countries including Armenia, America, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, France and Moldova. - 11/13/16

Iran top-ranked in Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships

- Iranian national bodybuilding squad has established the first position at the 70th edition of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships & 11th edition of World Amateur Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Spain. - 11/7/16

Iran runner-up at Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai 2016

- Iran men's national beach soccer team has achieved a commendable second-place finish at the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai 2016 in the United Arab Emirates. - 11/7/16

A Legend Of Iran Football Dies - Mansour Pourheydari: 1946-2016

- Esteghlal legend Mansour Pourheydari passed away at age of 70 on Friday. He died after a one-year battle with lung disease in Tehran's Iranmehr Hospital. Pourheydari was a member of board of the directors of Esteghlal football club. - 11/5/16

FIFA Fines Iran For 'Religious Manifestations' During World Cup Qualifiers

- FIFA has fined Iran and warned the country's soccer body for allowing "several religious manifestations" during a recent World Cup qualifying game in Tehran. Soccer's world governing body said in a statement on November 3 that Iran was fined 45,000 Swiss francs (about $46,000) for holding a "religious ceremony" before its October 11 game against South Korea and again at halftime. - 11/4/16

Iran defeats U.S. at Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup

- Iran opened the fifth edition of the Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup with a victory over the U.S.; Team Melli defeated the U.S. 6-2 in Dubai, the UAE. The Iranian team will face Egypt on Wednesday. - 11/2/16

Iran Male Team Kumite wins World Championships

- Iran's Male Team Kumite defeated Japan to win the 2016 edition of the Karate World Championships on Sunday. The Iranian team beat its powerhouse opponent 3-2 and won the title for the second time in a row. - 10/31/16

Iran wins five medals at Karate World Championships

- Iranian male and female karate practitioners collected five medals in the 23rd edition of the prestigious Karate World Championships in Austria. Gold Medalists: Amir Mehdizadeh and Sajjad Ganjzadeh. Bronze Medalists: Ali Asghar Asiabari, Zabihollah Poursheib and Hamideh Abbasali - 10/30/16

Iranian women grabs 2nd victory at Asian Roller Skating Championships

- The national Iranian women's inline hockey team has captured its second victory in a row at the preliminary round of the 17th edition of Asian Roller Skating Championships in China, overcoming the strong South Korean side. - 10/28/16

Iran finishes runner-up in IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships

- Iranians have produced commendable performances at the 2016 Youth World Weightlifting Championships in Malaysia, and finished as the vice-champion of the international sporting event. Russian youth weightlifters won the championships title with 489 points followed by Iran (471) and Poland (456). - 10/27/16

Iran books place in FIFA U-20 World Cup

- Reza Jafari's brace booked Islamic Republic of Iran a place in the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Championship Bahrain 2016 on Monday evening as Amir Peiravani's side handed Uzbekistan a 2-0 defeat to also qualify for the finals of next year's FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. - 10/25/16

Iran's Sareh Javanmardi receives Allianz Best Female Athlete of the Month for September

- Sareh Javanmardidomani has been voted by the public as the Allianz Best Female Athlete of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, completing a double victory for Iran as compatriot powerlifter Siamand Rahman received the Best Male honour last week. - 10/24/16

Iran loses to India in 2016 Kabaddi World Cup final

- Iran finished in second place after losing to powerhouse India 38-29 in the Kabaddi World Cup final on Saturday. Seven-time defending champions Indians proved their supremacy after trailing 12-18 at the half-time in Ahmedabad, India. - 10/23/16

2016 Kabaddi World Cup: Iran heads to final after defeating South Korea

- The Iranian men's national team has defeated South Korea at the semi-final stage of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in India to book its passage into the final match of the international sports event. On Friday, the Iranian sportsmen ended their East Asian counterparts' unbeaten run in the contest with a narrow 28-22 win at the TransStadia Arena in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. - 10/22/16

Iran's Hossein Soltani wins silver at IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships

- Hossein Soltani of Iran claimed a silver medal in the men's 69kg event at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Weightlifting Championships on Saturday. Soltani won the overall silver with a 295kg finish after lifting 131kg in snatch and 164kg in clean and jerk. - 10/22/16

Women's sports in Iran after the Revolution

- Tonia Valioghli is a veteran Iranian swimmer, record holder and former member of Iran's National Team and is currently a competitive swimming coach in Germany. She is a physical education graduate from Iran and a sports commentator. Zamaneh Media spoke to her about the situation of women's sports in Iran before and after the Revolution and the recent controversy emerging in the sidelines of the Women's World Chess Championship set to be held in Tehran in February 2017. - 10/15/16

2016 Kabaddi World Cup: Iran struggles past Kenya

- The national Iranian men's kabaddi team has registered its third consecutive win at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in India, capturing a narrow victory over the Kenyan squad. The Iranian outfit, who had thrashed Thailand 64-23 in their second group stage fixture on October 9, tried hard on Tuesday evening to squeeze out a 33-28 win at the iconic stadium - 10/13/16

Iran: Overturn Stadium Restrictions for Women

- The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should cease awarding Iran the right to host FIVB international tournaments until the country ensures that female spectators can freely attend volleyball matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Ary Graca, the sports federation's leader. Graca was re-elected as the FIVB's president at the sports federation's 35th World Congress this week in Buenos Aires. - 10/13/16

FIFA World Cup qualifier: Iran stuns South Korea 1-0 in Tehran

- Iran men's national football team has achieved yet another convincing victory in the third round of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualification tournament, and scored a triumph against South Korea. - 10/12/16

Soccersanct: Iran To Keep It 'Religious' At World Cup Qualifier

- Stymied in their effort to reschedule a qualifier match for soccer's 2018 World Cup, Iranian officials are guaranteeing to uphold "religious norms" in connection with a major Shi'ite mourning festival when their national team meets South Korea this week in Tehran. They predict huge black banners covering parts of Azadi Stadium, backup players clad in black, and dirges instead of taunts on October 11 - 10/11/16

Chess Grandmaster Khademalsharieh says World Championship is necessary for Iranian women

- After many of the highest-ranking female players have called for a boycott of the next year's world Chess Championships in Iran, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh said that the championship will help the Iranian women to participate in the most important event in the country for the first time. Khademalsharieh, 19, is an Iranian chess player who holds the titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). - 10/9/16

Iran's first female triathlete Shirin Gerami set to make history at Ironman Kona

- With her journey to the Ironman World Championship, Shirin Gerami aims to change the way women of Islamic faith approach-and are permitted to approach-sport, especially triathlon. -Brian Dessart, Sports Illustrated - 10/9/16

Your Boycott Won't Help Iranian Women

- Some international players are saying they don't want to wear head scarves, but they seem to be making this statement for Iranian women, too: Iranian women shouldn't have to do this, so we'll make a stink. But this kind of protest -- outsiders who think they know best -- is exactly the opposite of what most Iranian women want, and is at the heart of what's worst about policing how Muslim women dress. -Azadeh Moaveni, New York Times - 10/9/16

Iran defeats Uzbekistan to move one step closer to 2018 World Cup

- Iran's national football team defeated Uzbekistan's national team 1-0 in Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent on Thursday October 6, 2016 in the third round qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Uzbekistan came into the match after 1-0 wins over Syria and Qatar, but thanks to Jalal Hosseini's 27' goal, Carlos Queiroz's team picked up their seventh point in three games to remain undefeated so far. - 10/7/16

Iranian Women Athletes Excluded from Bodybuilding

- Head of Iran's Bodybuilding Federation announced that women bodybuilders and their four male coaches who arranged for them to participate in international competitions have been suspended. The federation adds that it will adhere to the ruling of the court in this matter. - 10/6/16



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