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Iran's female skier blazes a trail to Pyeongchang

- Getting a spot to compete in the 23rd Olympic Games in South Korea was no easy feat for the 26-year-old athlete Samaneh Bayrami Baher, who is the only female member of the country's national cross-country skiing team. As a child, Samaneh fell in love with swimming, competing and winning three international events. She also trained for competitive cycling. -Al Jazeera - 2/14/18

Iran beats Australia to finish third at 2018 Men's Indoor Hockey World Cup

- The Iran men's national field hockey team has defeated the Australian squad at the 2018 Men's Indoor Hockey World Cup in Germany to claim the third place overall at the end of the prestigious international tournament. On Sunday, the Iranian outfit thrashed Australia 5-0 in the bronze medal game, which was staged at the multi-purpose Max-Schmeling-Halle arena in the German capital city of Berlin. - 2/12/18

Iran crowned AFC futsal champion for the 12th time

- Iran eased past Japan 4-0 in the AFC Futsal Championship final and emerged winners for the 12th time. On Sunday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in Taipei, Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh gave Iran the lead in the first half, and further goals from Farhad Tavakoli, Hossein Tayebi and Hassanzadeh again secured them a second consecutive title. - 2/11/18

Iran: Samsung must apologize for gift ban against Iranian Olympics athletes

- Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned South Korea's ambassador to protest a discriminatory decision by Samsung Electronics and organizers of the Winter Olympic games in Seoul not to provide Iranian athletes with gift smartphones, demanding an apology from the technology company. - 2/8/18

Life in the mountains: Skiing in Iran

- Iran has long been an international destination for avid powder chasers during winter, while - in total contrast - its arid and semi-arid climate reaches sweltering levels in summer. Maybe not the first that comes to mind, snow-capped mountains above Tehran are home to some of the world's best ski resorts where powder hounds can enjoy famous Iranian hospitality. - 1/31/18

Persian Beach Soccer Cup: Iran defeats Spain in to reclaim title

- Iran national beach soccer team defended their Persian Cup title on Monday. Team Melli defeated Spain 4-2 in the final match in Bushehr, south of Iran. Earlier on the day Ukraine defeated Azerbaijan 4-3 to finish in third place. - 1/29/18

Persian Beach Soccer Cup: Iran defeats Azerbaijan 3-2

- Iran national beach soccer team started the 2018 Persian Beach Soccer Cup on a high note. Team Melli defeated Azerbaijan 3-2 in in Bushehr, southern Iran. Mostafa Kiani (two goals) and Mohammad Moradi scored for the Iranian team. - 1/27/18

Persian Beach Soccer Cup will be a high-level event: Coach Marco Octavio

- Iran national beach soccer team head coach Marco Octavio says the Persian Cup will be a high-level tournament with a spectacular atmosphere. The Persian Beach Soccer Cup will take place in Bushehr, south Iran, from January 27 to 29 where the hosts will go up against three of Europe's premier sides, namely Spain, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. - 1/16/18

International sports film festival opens in Tehran

- Dozens of sports films are competing in the 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival that opened at Felestin Cinema on Monday. A lineup of feature-length, short and documentary films from around the world will go on screen during the 4-day event. - 1/15/18

Courage overcomes tragedy: Sara Abdolmaleki redefines physical boundaries

- Sara Abdolmaleki is a strong and determined young woman whose life story will empower anyone who is weighed down by life's trials and tribulations. The twenty-three year old resident of Karaj has proven that one can persevere and overcome even the most earth shattering obstacles in life only to emerge with resilience. - 1/10/18

U.S. weightlifting men's and women's teams waiting for visa to participate in Iran's Fajr Cup

- The U.S. weightlifting men's and women's teams are waiting for visas to participate in the third edition of the International Fajr Cup. The competition has been scheduled to take place in the city of Ahvaz in Iran's south west from March 6 to 11. - 1/3/18

10-Year-Old Iranian Gymnast Caught Up in Hijab Controversy

- The Iran Gymnastics Federation has walked back its threat to discipline a 10-year-old gymnast for allegedly taking part in an international competition without wearing the mandatory hijab. Iranian women are required to wear the hijab, the head-to-toe-covering Islamic dress code, at all times in public. - 12/31/17

Nine Iranian mountain climbers killed by avalanche

- Nine Iranian climbers were fatally buried by an avalanche on Oshtoran Kooh Mountain, in the country's west on Friday. The climbers were among a group of 15 men and women from the city of Mashhad and a local guide who were trapped by the avalanche on Thursday. - 12/11/17

2017 Freestyle World Wrestling Clubs Cup in Tehran: Iran's Easy Pipe Kashan defeats USA's Titan Mercury to win title

- Easy Pipe Kashan of Iran claimed the title of the 2017 Freestyle World Wrestling Clubs Cup held in Tehran on Dec. 7-8. The Iranian team defeated defending champion Titan Mercury from the U.S. 6-4 in the final match. - 12/9/17

Iran's Siamand Rahman clinches gold at 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships

- Iranian Paralympic powerlifter Siamand Rahman has produced a magnificent display of strength and prowess at the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico, and been awarded the top honor. On Thursday and the sixth day of the contests in Mexico City, the men's over 107-kilogram weight category saw a battle between the 29-year-old Iranian sportsman, his compatriot Mansour Pourmirzaei and Jordan's Jamil Elshebli. - 12/8/17

Iran's national weightlifting team wins world championship title in Anaheim, California

- Iran's men weightlifting national team has clinched its first ever world champion title, after collecting a total of 509 points at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in the United States. The competitions were held in Anaheim, California, from November 28 to December 5. - 12/7/17

Chovgan added as Iran's intangible cultural heritage to UNESCO lists

- The sporting team game of chovgan, which is played on horseback and recognized as a version of the modern polo game, has been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. - 12/7/17

Iranian weightlifter Saeid Alihosseini wins silver at World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California

- Georgian Lasha Talakhadze won the men's super-heavyweights with a total of 477kg, improving his own world record by 4kg. He also broke his own snatch world record by 3kg when he lifted 220kg. Iranians Saeid Alihosseini and Behdad Salimi were second and third with totals of 454kg and 453kg respectively. - 12/6/17

Ali Hashemi wins another gold for Iran at World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California

- Ali Hashemi bagged another gold for Iran at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships at the Anaheim Convention Center early Tuesday. In the men's 105 kilogram class, Hashemi finished on 404kg ahead of Arturs Plesnieks of Latvia, who lifted 402kg, and Uzbek Ivan Efremov - who had beaten Hashemi in September the last time they met - on 399kg. - 12/5/17

Iranian Weightlifter Wins World Title, Breaks Records in Anaheim, California

- Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi broke two world records to win the 94-kilogram class at the World Championships in Anaheim, California, on December 3. Moradi, who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored an easy victory over Lithuania's Aurimas Didzbalis by 29 kilograms. - 12/4/17

Iranian Broadcast Censors World Cup Program Over Host's Clothing

- Portions of the 2018 World Cup draw broadcast were censored in Iran because authorities decided co-host Maria Komandnaya's clothing was too revealing. Iranian state broadcaster IRIB on December 1 blocked the first part of the show from the Kremlin Palace in Moscow that featured Komandnaya, a Russian sports journalist, and former England soccer star Gary Lineker. - 12/2/17

Iran placed in tough group in 2018 World Cup

- Iran national football team, known as Team Melli, have been drawn in Group B of the 2018 World Cup. Carlos Queiroz's team will play powerhouse Spain, Portugal and Morocco in Russia. - 12/1/17

Fit To Be Tied: Thai Coach 'Upset' He Had To Wear Head Scarf At Iranian Tournament

- In Iran, it's more often women disguising themselves as men to sneak into sporting events, where they are banned. But in a reversal of sorts, the male coach of the Thai women's national kabaddi team wore a head scarf to the Asian Kabaddi Championship in the Iranian city of Horgan on November 26 to evade a ban on men attending women's sporting events. -Frud Bezhan, RFE/RL - 12/1/17

Iraq's Basketball Squad Upsets Iran In FIBA Qualifying Action

- Iraq scored a major upset in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifying round with a 74-66 victory over Iran. Iraq was led by U.S.-born DeMario Mayfield with 24 points in the victory on November 24 at the Prince Hamza Arena in Amman, Jordan. - 11/26/17

Iran Allows Women Weightlifters To Compete Internationally

- Iran says it will allow women weightlifters to compete internationally for the first time. Ali Moradi, president of the Iranian Weightlifting Federation, said on November 23, "We have established the Iran Weightlifting Federation Women's Committee and we have talented female athletes." - 11/24/17

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



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