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Iranian wrestlers rush to help quake-stricken people

- Members of the Iran men's national freestyle and Greco-Roman teams have rushed to aid the victims of the recent earthquake in Kermanshah province in the western part of the country, which has left at least 500 people dead, hundreds of others injured and dozens of villages destroyed. - 11/17/17

Flying girl of Iran, Fatemeh Akrami, hopes to increase female skydivers

- Fatemeh Akrami, the only female skydiver in Iran, hopes to instruct skydiving to as many interested girls as possible. "My goal is to become a skydiving instructor for Iranian girls," Akrami, 24, said in an interview with the Tehran Times. "I am an Iranian girl and my responsibility is to boost the number of female skydivers in the country", she stated. -Naghmeh Mizanian - 11/16/17

Iranian Olympics gold medalists Sareh Javanmardi and Kianoush Rostami to sell their medals to help the quake victims

- Paralympic Games gold medal winner in shooting Sareh Javanmardi is going to sell her medal to raise money for the victims of Sunday's earthquake which left at least 500 people dead in Iran. Iranian weighlifter Kianoush Rostami, Olympic gold medal winner in Rio 2016, has also said he is going to auction his medal to give the money to the people who were affected by the earthquake. - 11/15/17

Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai 2017: Iran finishes third after defeating Russia

- Iran finished in third place at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai 2017, after beating Russia 4-2 on Saturday. The Iranian team had already lost to Russia 4-3 in group stage but played a better performance in the bronze-medal match. - 11/4/17

Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai 2017: Iran overpowers Mexico

- The Iran men's national beach soccer team has pulled off its second win at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai 2017 in the United Arab Emirates, outclassing the Mexican side in its second fixture at the preliminary round of the tournament. On Wednesday evening, Team Melli Saheli powered to a 4-1 triumph over El Tricolor (The Tricolor) in a Group B match played at Business Bay in Dubai. - 11/2/17

Iranian female rock climber Rekabi ranks 1st at Asia Cup - Wanxianshan 2017

- Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi has been crowned as the champion of Asia Cup - Wanxianshan 2017 in China, and clinched a gold medal at the prestigious sports event. On Sunday, Rekabi featured remarkable displays at the women's bouldering final contest, and finished first. - 11/1/17

Iran defeats Paraguay 5-2 at Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup 2017

- Iran men's national beach soccer team has started its campaign at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai 2017 in the United Arab Emirates with a handsome win over Paraguay. Iran men's national beach soccer team will play Mexico in its second preliminary round game on Wednesday. - 11/1/17

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami denied visa to compete in Anaheim, California: "I never seek asylum in the U.S."

- Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami says he is not seeking asylum in the United States. Phil Andrews, the chief executive of USA Weightlifting, told Tehran Times on Sunday that Rostami showed intent to move to the United States during his visa interview, or rather he failed to prove his intent to return to Iran after his move to the country. - 10/31/17

Basketball: Iranian Girls Finish Fourth at U-16 Women's Asian Championship (Division B)

- The Iranian girls, who participated in a global tournament for the first time since the revolution of 1979, finished in fourth place at Division B of the 2017 FIBA Asia U-16 Championship. Elaheh Darestani's girls lost to Kazakhstan 61-47 in the bronze medal match in Bengaluru, India on Saturday. - 10/28/17

Iranian football legend Ebrahim Ashtiani dies at age of 71

- Former Iran national football team and Persepolis defender Ebrahim Ashtiani passed away at the age of 71 in Tehran's Shahid Rajaei Hospital on Tuesday. He died as a result of a preexisting heart disease. Ashtiani made 35 appearances for the Iran national football team from 1969 to 1974 and was part of the team competing in the Olympics in Munich 1972. - 10/25/17

U-17 World Cup: Spain defeats Iran 3-1 in quart-finals

- Spain eased their way into the semi-final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 after defeating Iran 3-1 in Kochi on Sunday. Abel Ruiz put the European champions ahead in the 13th minute. On the rebound, the Spain captain drove his shot past Iran goalkeeper Ali Gholamzadeh. - 10/23/17

Is Iran the world's greatest untapped skiing destination?

- For most skiers and snowboarders the idea of an off-piste paradise normally conjures up thoughts of Alaska's majestic peaks, Verbier's world-famous freeride terrain or Japan's legendary powder fields. Many, forgivably, would not consider looking to the mountains of Iran. -Lucy Aspden, Telegraph - 10/19/17

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Iran hold off Mexico to make last eight

- Iran made it four wins from four matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and qualified for the quarter-finals after fighting to make two early goals stand up against a game Mexican side. It was a difficult contest, but Iran maintained their momentum, heading into their last-eight clash against European champions Spain. - 10/18/17

U-17 World Cup: Iran rout Costa Rica, finished on top of Group C

- Iran defeated Costa Rica 3-0 in Group C of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, on Friday to finish on top of Group C with 9 points with 3 wins. The Persians will face Group F third place team in quarterfinals in Margao on Oct. 17. - 10/14/17

Iran progress to FIFA U-17 World Cup Round of 16

- Iran defeated Germany 4-0 on Tuesday to book a place at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Round of 16. The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup is the 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup, a biennial international football tournament contested by men's under-17 national teams. - 10/11/17

World Cup hosts Russia held by Iran in friendly

- World Cup hosts Russia needed a second-half equaliser from Zenit St Petersburg striker Dmitry Poloz to secure a 1-1 draw against Iran in a friendly in Kazan on Tuesday. Russia came into the game on the back of a confidence-boosting 4-2 win against South Korea at the weekend, when they were aided by two own goals from South Korean defender Kim Ju-young. As World Cup hosts, Russia have not had the opportunity to measure themselves against Europe's best in qualifying. - 10/11/17

Iranian female weightlifters allowed to participate in the sport

- Head of Iran Weightlifting Federation Ali Moradi said that the Iranian women weightlifters can compete in the sport. Gender equality in sports has always been a controversial topic. In July 2011, International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) modified its competing rules to allow tight-fitting, body-length unitards for the first time. - 10/11/17

Carlos Queiroz shortlisted for World's Best National Coach award

- The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has nominated head coach of Iran's national football team Carlos Queiroz for the World's Best National Coach award. IFFHS, an organization that chronicles the history and records of association football, will issue awards to best male and female football figures starting from November 15. - 10/10/17

Academy's American Sport Art Museum & Archives Unveils Sculpture of Legendary Iranian Wrestler

- DAPHNE, Alabama - The North American Iranian Friendship Society (NAIFS) presented the United States Sports Academy's American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA) a bronze sculpture of the late legendary Iranian wrestler and national hero Jahan Pahlavan Takhti at a recent special ceremony on the Academy campus. - 10/5/17

Expelled Iranian Chess Player Dorsa Derakhshani Switches To U.S. Team

- An Iranian chess player, Dorsa Derakhshani, who was expelled from the national team for attending an international competition without wearing hijab, has switched sides and joined the U.S. team. "Based on the [International Chess Federation, FIDE] statute, chess players who switch their nationality can after two years join the national team of their new country. Dorsa has also benefited from the same statute" - 10/4/17

Female Head Of Iran's Polo Federation Fired Over Private Photos

- Iran's sports federation has fired Golnar Vakil Gilani, the head of the Polo Federation, over leaked private photos. Gilani told Iranian news agencies that she had not received any letter in this regard but the sports authorities had appointed another woman as temporary president for the federation. - 9/28/17

Iran finishes third at Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games

- The fifth edition of Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games has come to a close in Turkmenistan, with the Islamic Republic of Iran's delegation landing in the third slot of the medal count table at the end of the international and multi-sport event. Iranian sportsmen and women took home a total of 118 medals (36 gold, 23 silvers and 59 bronzes). - 9/28/17

AFC Champions League Semi-finals 1st Leg: Iran's Persepolis falls to Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal 4 - 0

- Omar Khribin's hat-trick helped ensure Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia will take a commanding four-goal lead into the second leg of the 2017 AFC Champions League semi-final in three weeks' time after posting a 4-0 first leg victory over Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday. - 9/27/17

Iran's Sohrab Moradi breaks 18-year weightlifting world record

- Iranian Olympic champion weightlifter Sohrab Moradi broke the longest standing world record in the sport to win gold at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on Saturday. Moradi, who returned from a two-year doping ban to win gold in the 94 kilogram division at last year's Rio Olympics, set a new world record of 413 kilograms for the combined total. - 9/25/17

Iran 7-a-side football team runner-up at IFCPF World Championships

- Iran 7-a-side football team won the silver medal at the 2017 IFCPF World Championships on Saturday. The Iranian team lost to Ukraine 1-0 in the final math at the Stadium Juan Gilberto Funes. - 9/25/17

Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup: Iran defeats France to win first world medal

- Amir Ghafour excelled in Iran's 3-2 (38-36, 25-23, 22-25, 25-27, 15-11) win over France to finish with a bronze medal in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Sunday. Iran's third participation resulted to their best ever finish at the World Grand Champions Cup, after finishing fifth in 2009 and fourth in 2013. Iran also recorded four victories in a single edition for the first time. - 9/17/17

Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup: Brazil defeats Iran in straight-set

- Wallace De Souza and Lucas Saatkamp led Brazil in their 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15) win over Iran in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Friday. - 9/15/17

'Queen of Iran's Skies' Tells Story of Her Paragliding Career

- Fatemeh Eftekhari, who has become known as the "Queen of Iran's Skies", is the first Iranian female pilot taking part in international competitions. She has great stories to tell about her success. -IFP - 9/15/17

Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup: Iran outlast USA in five sets

- Milad Ebadipour boosted the confidence of Iran to record a 3-2 (20-25, 17-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-12) win over USA in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Wednesday. - 9/13/17

Football: Iran's Persepolis routs Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli 3-1 in AFC Champions League

- Iran's Persepolis booked a place in the 2017 AFC Champions League semi-final after beating Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli 3-1 (5-3 on aggregate) at Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. Branko Ivankovic's side will face Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the semi-final. - 9/13/17

Iranian VP for Women's Affairs Calls Ban on Females in Sports Stadiums "Discrimination"

- Three days after Iranian women were barred from entering a stadium in Tehran to watch an international soccer match, President Hassan Rouhani's top female adviser described the ban as discriminatory. Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar was reacting to Syrian women being allowed inside Azadi Stadium during a World Cup qualifier match between Iran and Syria on September 5, while Iranian women, even those holding tickets, were banned from entry. - 9/13/17

Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup: Iran overcome Italy in five sets

- Iran defeated Italy in five sets 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 28-26, 29-31, 15-11) in the second match of the 2017 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup. Amir Ghafour and Milad Ebadipour's fiery performance sparked Iran's win. - 9/12/17

Iran's Siamand Rahman Wins 2017 Paralympic Sport Award

- Iranian power-lifter Siamand Rahman has won the best male award at the 2017 Paralympic Sport Awards held in Abu Dhabi's National Exhibition Center on Thursday. The awards, partnered by Allianz, recognize the achievements from last year's Paralympic Games. - 9/8/17

Iranian Women Angered As Syrian Female Fans Allowed Into Soccer Match

- A double standard by Iranian authorities -- who allow foreign women to attend male sporting events while banning Iranian women -- came under fire during a World Cup qualifying soccer match between Iran and Syria. Iranian women, even those who had managed to buy tickets (apparently due a technical glitch), were denied entry and kept behind locked gates at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, where the match was held on September 5. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/7/17

Iran, Syria tie in World Cup qualifier

- Team Melli drew 2-2 with Syria national football team here at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday. The already-qualified Iranian football team had not conceded a single goal before this match but Syria ended their run of clean sheets. - 9/6/17

Iran-Israel soccer row apparently much ado about nothing

- News of Shojaei and Haji Safi being banned by Iran's Sports Ministry not only sparked an outcry among Iran's social media users, but it also sparked reactions from famous sports, political and artistic figures in the country. -Zahra Alipour, Al Monitor - 8/31/17

Iran volleyball team wins title at 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei

- The Iranian volleyball team defeated Russia 3-2 (25-17, 15-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13) to win the title at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, Taiwan on Tuesday. - 8/30/17

Volleyball: Yali powers Iran past Russia for Boys' U19 World Championship gold

- Porya Yali's sure-fire performance helped Iran to record a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20) win over Russia in the gold medal match of the FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Sunday. - 8/28/17

Iranian-Swedish midfielder Saman Ghoddos invited to Iran national football team

- Iranian-Swedish midfielder Saman Ghoddos has been invited to Iran national football team. Ghoddos is one of the 24 players called up by head coach Carlos Queiroz for Iran's last two matches in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. - 8/28/17

FIVB U23 World Volleyball Championship: Iran edges past Russia in, fails to reach semis

- The national Iranian volleyball team has achieved a hard-fought victory at the preliminary round of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship in Egypt, but failed to advance to the semi-final stage of the international tournament. - 8/24/17

FIVB U23 World Championship: Iran volleyball team blanks Turkey

- The national Iranian volleyball team has posted its third consecutive win at the preliminary round of the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship in Egypt, and virtually confirmed its place in the next stage of the international tournament. - 8/23/17

Australia Defeats Iran, Claims Asian Cup Basketball Title

- Australia became the first-ever FIBA Asia Cup champions after beating Iran 79-56 in Sunday's Final in Beirut. Iran's Hamed Haddadi was named the tournament's MVP and headlined the All-Star Five where he was joined by his fellow countryman Mohammad Jamshidi, along with Shae Ili of New Zealand, Korea's Oh Sekeun and Lebanon's Fadi El Khatib. - 8/21/17

Basketball: Iran defeats South Korea, marches into FIBA Asia Cup final

- The Iranian men's national basketball team has proudly marched into the final showdown of the 2017 Federation Internationale de Basket-ball (FIBA) Asia Cup in Lebanon after trouncing South Korea in the continental tournament. The Iranian men's national basketball team is scheduled to play Australia at FIBA Asia Cup final on Sunday. - 8/20/17

Iranian women claim 9th place at Asian Volleyball Championship

- Shifting to high gear in the latter part of the game, Iran served a sweet revenge to Australia in a 5-set thriller, 19-25, 25-18, 20-25 25-22, 15-10 to snatch the 9th place at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship in Manila, Philippines on August 16, 2017. - 8/17/17

Iranian Soccer Body Says Star Players Not Banned for Playing Against Israeli Team

- After days of public outcry over an Iranian official's declaration that two national soccer players were banned from the national team for playing against an Israeli team, Iran's soccer federation announced it has made no official decision. Banning the players, who played against the Israeli team while employed by the national soccer team of Greece, would have been a violation of the world soccer governing body FIFA's regulations. - 8/17/17

Iran defeats Hong Kong at Asian Women's Volleyball Championship

- Manila, Philippines - Iran bucked a slow start to wallop Hong Kong, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15 and keep their dream of occupying a more decent placing alive at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship here. - 8/15/17

Iran book ticket for 2018 Men's Volleyball World Championships

- Iran, the only Asian team competing in the FIVB World League Group 1 this season, qualified for the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championships. On Sunday, the Iranian team eased past Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-16) in Pool A at the 6,000-seater Rezazadeh Stadium. - 8/13/17

Two Barred From Iranian National Soccer Team For Playing Against Israeli Club

- Iran says it has kicked two players off the national soccer team after they played on their Greek professional squad against an Israeli club last week in the Europa League tournament. Deputy Sports Minister Mohammad Reza Davarzani on August 10 said midfielders Ehsan Haji Safi and Masoud Shojaei could no longer wear the national shirt of Iran after they played for Panionios against Maccabi Tel Aviv on August 4. - 8/11/17

Asian Women's Volleyball Championship: Iran suffers loss against Chinese Taipei

- Iran started the 19th edition of the Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship campaign with a loss against Chinese Taipei. Akram Ghahremani's team lost to Chinese Taipei 3-1 (25-15, 25-27, 25-17, 25-20) in Group D. - 8/9/17

Iran footballers break Israel sporting 'taboo'

- Two Iranian footballers have been both praised and condemned in their home country after turning out for their Greek club side against Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv. While the Europa League third qualifying round match between Panionios of Athens and Maccabi will probably not last long in the memories of either set of fans, the appearance on the pitch of Iranians Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi in the Greek capital has not gone unnoticed back home. -BBC - 8/4/17

Iranian karatekas wins five medals in 2017 World Games

- Iranian karate practitioners have exhibited great punching, knee strikes as well as open-hand techniques at the 2017 World Games in Poland, and collected five medals, including four silver ones, at the international multi-sport event. - 7/27/17

Iranian athletes grab six more medals in 2017 Deaflympics, stand 8th in medal table

- Iranian sportsmen and sportswomen have managed to clinch six more medals, raising the country's total medal count at the 23rd edition of Summer Deaflympics in Turkey to 26. Iran has collected three gold, eight silver and fifteen bronze medals. - 7/27/17

Iranian woman Elham Sadat Asghari swims into Guinness Book of World Records

- Iranian female swimmer Elham Sadat Asghari has managed to swim her way into the Guinness Book of World Records. The 36-year-old Iranian sportswoman recently completed the challenge of swimming handcuffed for more than three hours non-stop in the Persian Gulf waters off the coast of the southwestern port city of Bushehr - 7/26/17

Iranian cyclist Zaynab Sasanian loses her life in car accident

- Member of the Iranian national women's cycling team, Zaynab Sasanian, has been killed in a road crash, while driving her car in the country's northwestern city of Ardabil. The 19-year-old Iranian sportsman lost life early on Monday, when her car collided with a tree in the University of Mohaghegh Ardabili Street of the city, located 594 kilometers northwest the capital Tehran. - 7/25/17

Iran's speed climber Alipour wins gold at The World Games 2017

- Iranian speed climber Reza Alipour won the country's first gold medal in The World Games history on Sunday. Alipour registered multiple times below 5.70 seconds on route to winning the first gold medal. - 7/24/17

Iranian Soccer Stars Call For End To Ban On Women Spectators

- Ali Karimi, who is widely regarded as one of the best Iranian players of all time, expressed hope on July 10 that "the conditions are set with the help of" President Hassan Rohani and the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) "for women to enter stadiums" as spectators. Weeks earlier, Iranian national team captain Masud Shojaei called on Rohani to lift the ban. - 7/11/17

Iranian Women: Zahra Inche Dargahi elected as Iran's Gymnastic Federation president

- Zahra Inche Dargahi was elected as the President of the Iran's Gymnastic Federation. Inche Dargahi received 24 votes (out of 44) in the presidential elections held at the Iran's Academy Olympic on Monday. Inche Dargahi has been elected for a four-year term till 2021. - 7/10/17

Iranian speed climber grabs gold medal in IFSC Climbing World Cup Villars 2017

- Iranian speed climber Reza Alipour Shenazandifard has put on impressive displays at the​ International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) at the Climbing World Cup Villars 2017 in Switzerland and finished as the champion to snatch the gold medal. (watch video) - 7/8/17

Iran fails to advance to World Polo Championship 2017

- Iran came third at the World Polo Championship 2017 qualifiers which took place in Tehran's Kanoon Chogan, Qasr Firoozeh & the Army Polo Club. India defeated Pakistan 8-7 and booked a place in the competition as champion. India came first, followed by Pakistan, Iran and South Africa. - 7/8/17

FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship 2017: Mojarad blocks away to lift Iran to prestigious fifth place

- Iran claimed the prestigious fifth place in the final standings at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship Czech Republic 2017. In an all-Asian clash in Brno, the Iranians cruised to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) shutout of China with great contribution from middle blocker Aliasghar Mojarad. - 7/3/17

Iran finishes third in 2017 World Taekwondo Championships

- Iran men's national taekwondo team has put in convincing performances at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea, and ranked third at the end of the high-status international event. On Friday, the Iranian team stood on the third podium, having garnered 46 points. Also on Friday, 18-year-old Iranian taekwondo practitioner and bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Kimia Alizadeh Zenoozi, got the silver medal in the women's minus 62-kilogram class. - 7/1/17

Persistent Iranian Women's Movement Chipping Away at State Ban on Females in Sports Stadiums

- The peaceful battle by women's rights activists geared towards ending the ban on female spectators in Iranian sports stadiums is inching forward despite ongoing opposition by religious conservatives. "Women's rights activists are pursuing this matter from every direction, but athletic officials are asking us to allow change to happen gradually without a ruckus," journalist and civil rights advocate Saba Sherdoust told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview. - 7/1/17

FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship 2017: Iran defeated by Poland, fails to qualify for semis

- Iran failed to book a place at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship after losing to Poland on Thursday. The Persians were defeated against their powerhouse European opponent 3-2 (27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11) in Pool E. - 6/30/17

FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship 2017: Rasoul pushes Iran through "great wall of China"

- Captain Rasoul Aghchehli was Iran's hero again as the team snatched a 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-10) victory over China despite the phenomenal blocking performance of the opponents in a Pool E match at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Brno. - 6/29/17

FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship 2017: Iran defeats Argentina, stands on top of their game in Pool D

- With a top two placement by both Iran and Argentina, the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship match between the countries promised to be a hard-fought one. In a five-set thriller, Iran overpowered Argentina in five sets. - 6/26/17

FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship 2017: Rasoul Aghchehli makes his team proud as Iran celebrate second win

- First match of the second day in the Budvar Arena in Ceske Budějovice started off with a thrilling match, filled with drama. Iran celebrated their second win this tournament with a 3:2 win against Ukraine 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13. - 6/25/17

Italian runner Paolo Venturini to run in Iran's hot Lut Deseret to record name in Guinness

- An Italian runner plans to travel 80 kilometers in Lut Desert in a 70-degree day to record his name in the Guinness Book of Records. Modin Afzali, coordinator of the program for the Italian runner and director of a tourism agency in Lut Desert, told Mehr News Agency that Paolo Venturini, the Italian nature adventurer will go to Gandom Baran, the hottest spot of the Lut Desert, on July 30th, when the temperature reaches 65 to 70 degrees centigrade, to run 80 kilometers in a day. - 6/21/17

FIVB Volleyball World League 2017: Russia batter Iran to book place in Curitiba

- Russia stormed past Iran in their World League Group One clash in Lodz with a straight-sets victory (26-24, 25-18, 25-18) to seal their passage into the Final Six in Curitiba. Egor Kliuka was the star man in Saturday's epic victory against USA, and he top scored for the Russians again with 13 points, but it was Russia's defensive display which shone bright - Ilyas Kurkaev won three blocks from just nine attempts. - 6/19/17

Iranians rally behind soccer player suspended over wife's modeling

- Last June, Mohsen Forouzan, a goalkeeper formerly with Tehran's Esteghlal Football Club, posted a photo on Instagram to announce his engagement to Iranian model Nasim Nahali. The photo quickly triggered reactions since Nahali was unveiled and the timing of the post coincided with the holy month of Ramadan. The Young Journalists Club, which is affiliated with Iran's state broadcaster, immediately described it as "a matter far [removed] from Sharia and ethics." -Zahra Alipour, Al-Monitor - 6/17/17

Iran's World Cup slogan revealed: "80 Million People, One Nation, One Heartbeat"

- Iran football team, also known as Team Melli, will participate at the 2018 World Cup with "80 million people, one nation, one heartbeat," slogan. Unbeaten in eight qualifying games, Iran finished in dominant position in Group A not conceding a single goal on the Road to Russia. Iran national football team advanced to successive FIFA World Cups for the first time in their history Monday night. - 6/16/17

Iranian Sports Symposium in London

- Sports and athletic exercises were fundamental to the daily pursuits of the people of Ancient Iran. The religious teaching of Zoroastrianism advocated physical strength, mental power and courage, which were required for defending the homeland when need arose. Sportsmen thus held special status in society. The tradition has survived to the present day with Iranian victories in the Olympics. At this one-day symposium, historians and practitioners of Iranian sports come together to explore the history and the achievements of Iranian sportsmen/women, past and present. - 6/14/17

IRAN: Some Female Sports Fans Allowed to Watch Men's Volleyball Match in Tehran, But Ban Persists

- After being denied entry into Iran's sports stadiums since 2012, hundreds of women were allowed inside Tehran's 12,000-seat Azadi Arena on June 9, 2017 to watch a FIVB World Volleyball League match between Iran and Belgium. - 6/13/17

Iran qualifies for 2018 World Cup after defeating Uzbekistan 2-0

- Iran's national football team has blanked Uzbekistan with two goals to be the second country that has booked tickets for the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to be held next summer in Russia. - 6/12/17

FIVB Volleyball World League: Manavi lives up to expectations in 3-2 win for Iran

- Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad came in as a sub for Iran and lived up to the expectations coach Igor Kolakovic had from him. The fans in Tehran were also pleased with the home squad's 3-2 (29-27, 25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 15-11) victory over Argentina in a 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League clash. - 6/12/17

FIVB Volleyball World League: Kovacevic the star as Serbia outclass Iran

- Uros Kovacevic scored 18 points in his team's hard-fought 3-1 win over home side Iran on Saturday. Amir Ghafour put the most points on the board for Iran, 13. Serbia's win came in front of 12000 home fans in Tehran on Saturday to continue their 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League on the right foot. - 6/11/17



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