Day 28 1398 - January 18 2020
Iran Banned From Hosting International Soccer Matches

Iranian teams have been banned from playing international matches on Iranian soil, the Islamic republic's football federation said on January 17. It said the decision was made by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and announced in a letter. Iranian football officials did not say if the decision was related to the accidental shoot-down of a Ukrainian jetliner last week, which killed all 176 people on board. -RFE/RL 1/18/20

Iran's sole female Olympic medalist says she's defected

Iran's sole female Olympic medalist, Kimia Alizadeh, has announced that she's permanently left her country for Europe. "Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences," the 21-year-old wrote in an Instagram post explaining why she was defecting. "I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years." -CNN 1/13/20

Colin Kaepernick attacks US 'imperialism' in wake of Suleimani strike

Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who has used his platform to highlight racial injustice within the United States, has turned his attention to the country's foreign policy, attacking American "imperialism" in a series of tweets on Saturday. The former San Francisco 49ers star's comments came after the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani by a US drone, although Kaepernick did not mention the incident directly. -Tom Lutz, Guardian 1/5/20

Brighton's Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores stunning goal against Chelsea

Brighton winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh started 2020 in style as the Iranian scored a stunning acrobatic bicycle kick against Chelsea on Wednesday at the Amex Stadium. Jahanbakhsh came off the bench in the 69th minute with his team 1-0 down after Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta's opener early in the game, but salvaged a point with an acrobatic strike six minutes from time. 1/2/20

Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth: Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores in Seagulls win

Alireza Jahanbakhsh said it was "an emotional moment" to score his first goal for Brighton as they beat relegation rivals Bournemouth in the Premier League. The Iran winger, making his 27th appearance for the club, blasted home from 16 yards after Neal Maupay's lay-off. -BBC 12/31/19

Iranian Chess Player Who Refused To Play For His Country Wins Silver Medal At World Championship

Alireza Firouzja, a top-rated chess player from Iran and the world's No. 2 ranked junior player, has won the silver medal at the World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship in Moscow after competing under the flag of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). Firouzja, 16, had decided not to play for his country in an apparent reaction to the Islamic republic's ban on competing against Israeli players. -RFE/RL 12/30/19

Iranian woman goalkeeper Zahra Khajavi sets new record for not conceding a goal

Vochan Kordestan goalkeeper Zahra Khajavi set a new record in Iran football for minutes without conceding a goal. She extended her team shut-out run to 950 minutes, surpassing Sepahan stopper Payam Niazmand's old mark of 935. 12/27/19

Iranian Women Make History: 2019 World Alysh Champions!

Iran's women's team made history by winning the 2019 World Alysh (Belt Wrestling) Championships for the first time on Monday. Team Melli claimed the title with 93 points, followed by Kyrgyz Republic (89) and Kazakhstan (63). The Iranian women won three medals in the competition. 12/24/19

Bust of Legendary Iranian goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi unveiled in Tehran

A bust of legendary Iranian goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi was unveiled in Tehran during a ceremony on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended by Hejazi's family, fans and former players of Esteghlal club, IRNA news agency reported. 12/20/19

Afshin Ghotbi: '1998 had a bigger magnitude for Iranians than Americans'

Whether Afshin Ghotbi is the most successful American coach working today is something that can be debated but when it comes to a variety of soccer experiences, surely this 55-year-old stands head and shoulders above the rest. Only one thing is missing: a job back in the USA. A top job anyway. It is now 21 years since he went to the 1998 World Cup as part of Steve Sampson's coaching staff when the United States, his home since the age of 13, lost 2-1 to Iran, the land of his birth, in Lyon. -John Duerden, Guardian 12/18/19

Iranian trailblazer's Olympic dream faces U.S. immigration hurdle

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Iranian sprinter Maryam Toosi has been desperately trying to come to the U.S. to pursue her Olympic Games dream, but is still trying to overcome one seemingly insurmountable hurdle -- President Donald Trump's travel ban. The 31-year-old, who shot to fame by winning gold in the 400 metres at the 2012 Asian Indoor Championships while wearing a hijab headscarf, has been waiting in legal limbo for three years after applying for an American visa to train and compete. -Reuters 12/17/19

How foreign football coaches in Iran are collateral damage to US sanctions

Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran on Monday but unlike recent protests decrying a jump in the price of petrol, this particular rally demanded the return of an Italian football manager. Andrea Stramaccioni, who previously managed Inter Milan and Udinese, quit as head coach of Tehran's Esteghlal FC on Sunday over failed payments. The reason? US sanctions. -Euro News 12/13/19

Has Iran's award-winning actress left Iran to escape prosecution?

Ever since her marriage in 2014 to the son of a powerful Iranian hard-liner, Mahnaz Afshar, an actress with an uncanny resemblance to 1970s mini-skirted idol Googoosh, has been a figure of controversy in Iran. The recent debate is related to her appearance in November as one of the judges on the show "Persia's Got Talent," broadcast on a Saudi-funded TV channel -- right at the height of political tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. -Rohollah Faghihi, Al Monitor 12/13/19

Iranian Girl Wins Reputation by Walking a Thin Line

Reyhaneh Armaghani is an Iranian girl whose unusual career and field of sport, highlining, has won her some reputation. She walks on a thin belt, practices slack line and unicycle, and works at heights. "I got acquainted with this field at the 2014 Climbing Festival in Kermanshah," Reyhaneh Armaghani told Hamshahri newspaper in a recent interview. -IFP 12/9/19

Iranian women footballers runners-up at CAFA U23 Championship

Iran finished CAFA U23 Women's Championship with heads held high. Maryam Azmoun's team finished runners up after the team defeated Afghanistan 7-0 in their final match. The CAFA Championship is an international football competition in Central Asia for the member nations of the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA). 11/29/19

Iran football team needs fresh impetus to qualify for World Cup

It's not weird that Team Melli suffered back-to-back defeats in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Bahrain and Iraq. Team Melli needs the young and talented players to keep going. Iran is in danger of not qualifying for the FIFA World Cup qualification next stage, while Team Melli was widely regarded as the Group C favorites. -Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times 11/19/19

Iranian woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini makes history by winning medal

Elham Hosseini became the first Iranian woman to win a medal in an international weightlifting tournament. Hosseini claimed a bronze medal at the 2019 Weightlifting IWF Naim Suleymanoglu Tournament on Saturday. 11/18/19

2022 World Cup qualification: Lackluster Iran suffer late loss against Iraq

Iran national football team suffered a second successive loss in the 2022 World Cup qualification, losing to Iraq 2-1 on Thursday. In the match held in neutral venue Amman, Mohanad Ali gave the Iraqi team the lead from the edge of the six-yard area in the 11th minute after the Iranian defenders failed to clear the ball. 11/15/19

Iran takes the crown at Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup

Title-holders Iran defeated Spain 6-3 at the 2019 Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup final match at Jumeirah's Kite Beach on Saturday. Iran won the competition for the third time. The Persians had already won the title in 2013 and 2018. 11/11/19

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran defeats Russia in penalty shootout

Iran advanced to the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup semis as the group winners after defeating Russia on Thursday. Team Melli, who had already defeated Mexico and Egypt in Group B, beat Russia 5-4 in a penalty shootout after finishing on 3-3 at the end of regulation time. 11/8/19

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran defeats Egypt 5-3, heads to semis

Iran booked a place at the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai semifinals Wednesday night. Team Melli beat Egypt 5-3 at the Kite Beach in Jumeirah thanks to a hat-trick from Amirhossein Akbari. Mostafa Kiani and Mohammad Masoumizadeh also scored goals. 11/7/19

Iran kicks off Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup by defeating Mexico 7-4

Iran started Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai on a high note Tuesday night, beating Mexico 7-4 in Group B. The UAE lost to Spain 2-1 in a penalty shootout after finishing on 2-2 at the end of regulation time. Asian champions Japan also beat Italy 6-4. Iran will meet Egypt on Wednesday and Russia play Mexico. 11/6/19

Iran U23 Greco-Roman team wins world title

Iran Greco-Roman team won the title of the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday. The Iranian team finished in first place with 122 points, followed by Georgia (121) and Russia (118). Iran won three gold and three bronze medals in the competition. 11/4/19

Iran's freestyle wrestling team finishes second at U23 World Championships

Iran freestyle team became runners-up at the 2019 U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Iranian team won three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes in the competition. 10/31/19

Iranian woman skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah wins BP Courage Award

The BP Courage Award was presented to Iranian cross-country skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah on Friday. She became the first Iranian female to qualify for a Paralympic Winter Games, Paralympic.org reported. 10/27/19

Iran Wushu Sanda team claims world title

Iran's eight-member Sanda team claimed eight gold medals and won the title of the 15th World Wushu Championships (WWC) in Shanghai, China. Iran had won three gold medals in the women's divisions. China won the championships in Taolu and Sanda, winning 10 gold medals and one bronze. Iran became runners-up with eight gold medals, two silvers and one bronze. 10/24/19

Iranian women win two more medals at World Wushu Championships

Iranian Talolu practitioners won two more medals at the 15th edition of the World Wushu Championships on Tuesday. Hanieh Rajabi won a silver medal at the nandao discipline and Zahra Kiani snatched a bronze medal at the Women's Changquan. 10/23/19

World Judo Federation Bans Iran Over Refusal To Face Israel

Iran has been banned from international judo competitions indefinitely over the country's refusal to face Israeli competitors. The International Judo Federation (IJF) issued a temporary ban last month while investigating a report that Iran had ordered a judoka to deliberately throw a match at the world championships to avoid facing an Israeli competitor in the following round. -RFE/RL 10/23/19

Two golds for Iranian women, one for men in 15th World Wushu Championships

Iranian athletes collected three gold medals in the 15th edition of World Wushu Championships underway in Shanghai, China. In women's Sanda competitions, Shahrbanoo Mansourian and Maryam Hashemi snatched two gold medals. 10/22/19

Iranian Woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini eyes Olympics berth

Iranian woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini is targeting the Tokyo Olympics. Hosseini was part of Iran national team who participated at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand for the first time. Hosseini, who finished in 16th place in the women's 71kg with a total of 191kg, has participated in qualifying events so far. 10/21/19

Iran beach soccer team wins bronze at World Beach Games

Iran national beach soccer team claimed a bronze medal at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games semifinals on Wednesday. Iran defeated Italy 3-1 in the penalty shootout after two teams drew 5-5 at regular and extra time. 10/17/19

Bahrain defeats Iran 1-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifier

Iran suffered a 1-0 loss against Bahrain at matchday 4 of Asia's Round 2 qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in Group C on Tuesday. Uzbekistani referee Valentin Kovalenko awarded a penalty stroke to Bahrain in the 65th minute which Mohamed Al Hardan coolly slotted home at Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa. 10/16/19

Iran fails to advance to ANOC World Beach Games soccer final

Iran beach soccer team lost to Russia 6-2 at the Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games semifinals on Tuesday. Iran will face either Brazil or Italy in the bronze medal match on Wednesday. 10/16/19

Volleyball: Iran falls to Poland in last match at FIVB World Cup

Iran finished the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup with a loss against Poland. On Monday, Team Melli lost to Poland 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16) at Hiroshima Green Arena. Wilfredo Leon Venero led Poland with 17 points and Porya Yali scored 14 points for Iran. 10/16/19

Iran Minister Says More Stadiums Made Ready To Accept Women Fans

Iran's minister of sports says that ten stadiums have been readied to accept female fans, after a 38-year ban was broken on October 10, when women were allowed to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch a soccer match. -Radio Farda 10/15/19

Iran defeats Senegal at ANOC World Beach Games

Iran beach soccer team defeated Senegal in Group C at the Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games Sunday night. Two teams drew 6-6 in the regular time and went to extra time. They each scored two goals and the game went to a penalty shootout where Iran won 3-1. 10/14/19

Volleyball: Italy overpowers Iran in epic match at FIVB World Cup

Italy rallied from two sets down to defeat Iran 3-2 (25-27, 27-29, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup on Monday at Hiroshima Green Arena. Italy's Dick Kooy racked up a game-high 28 points and Milad Ebadipour scored 23 points for Iran. 10/14/19

Iran beach soccer starts World Beach Games in style by overpowering Ukraine

Iran national beach soccer team came from 4-1 down to earn a thrilling 5-4 victory over Ukraine at the the Association of National Olympic (ANOC) Committees World Beach Games on Friday. Iran will meet Senegal on Sunday. 10/13/19

Iranian Women Football Fans Decry Restrictions: "Why Didn't They Let Us All In?"

The soccer match between Iran and Cambodia on October 10, 2019, in Tehran's Azadi Stadium included the historic presence of thousands of women. However, although the stadium was more than half empty, the authorities capped the number of tickets sold to women and denied female photographers press access. -CHRI 10/13/19

Volleyball: Iran suffers bitter loss against Japan at FIVB World Cup

Iran lost to hosts Japan 3-1 (25-16, 26-28, 25-13, 25-21) at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup on Sunday. Porya Yali led Iran with 13 points and Yuji Nishida and Yuki Ishikawa each scored 23 points for Japan in Hiroshima in the second phase of round-robin play. 10/13/19

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Women Attend World Cup Qualifier In Tehran

Thousands of Iranian female fans have attended their national team's soccer World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. The October 10 match was the first time since shortly after Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 that women were allowed to watch a men's game without needing special, rare invitations or being forced to sneak in disguised as men. 10/11/19

14-0: Iran too strong for Cambodia at World Cup qualifier

Iran earned an impressive 14-0 win over minnow Cambodia at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Thursday. It's Team Melli's second successive win in the competition after a 2-0 win over Hong Kong in September in Group C. 10/11/19

Volleyball: Iran edges past Argentina at FIVB World Cup

Iran earned a hard-fought 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 15-10) win over Argentina at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup on Friday. Porya Yali led Iran with 18 points and Argentina's Ezequiel Palacios scored 20 points in Hiroshima in the second phase of round-robin play. 10/11/19

Iranian Women Attend Football Match in Major Challenge to Stadium Ban, But Discriminatory Restrictions Persist

Nearly four decades after women were banned from sports stadiums in Iran, a few thousand tickets were sold to female fans ahead of an October 10, 2019, World Cup qualifier match between the Iranian and Cambodian national teams. 10/10/19

Volleyball: Iran sweep Tunisia at FIVB World Cup

Iran picked up their third win at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup on Thursday. Team Melli swept past the African team in straight sets (26-24, 25-17, 25-22) in Hiroshima. 10/10/19

Volleyball: U.S. defeat Iran 3-1 at FIVB World Cup

Iran suffered a 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-18, 25-12) loss against the U.S. at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup on Wednesday. In the match held in Hiroshima in the second phase of round-robin play, Amir Ghafour scored 17 points for Iran and Aaron Russell led the U.S. with 18 points. 10/9/19

Iran take three golds at Karate1 Premier League

Iranian athletes won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the Karate 1 - Premier League Moscow on Sunday. Sara Bahmanyar defeated German karate competitor Shara Hubrich 1-0 in the final of the Female Kumite -50kg. Rozita Alipour edged Haya Jumaa from Canada 1-0 in the Female Kumite -61kg final. And Zabihollah Poorshab defeated Ryutaro Araga of Japan in the Male Kumite -84kg final. 10/7/19

Volleyball: Iran beaten by Brazil at FIVB World Cup

Iran suffered a 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 27-25, 25-22) loss against Brazil at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup on Sunday. Iranian players' poor serves contributed to their loss at Nagano White Ring, while they were not good on defense as well. 10/7/19

Volleyball: Iran earn first win at 2019 FIVB World Cup

Iran came from behind to beat Canada 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19) at Nagano White Ring arena to register their first win at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup on Friday. Aliasghar Mojarad scored 15 points for Iran, while Sharone Vernon-Evans had 25 points for Canada. 10/4/19

Iranian Women buy all allocated tickets for Iran's soccer match against Cambodia

A total of 3,500 tickets have been sold to the Iranian women for the match between Iran and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Group C. Team Melli will host Cambodia on Oct. 10 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium and the Iranian women are allowed to attend the match. 10/4/19

VOLLEYBALL: Egypt stun Iran at FIVB World Cup

Iran suffered second defeat in a row at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup, losing to Egypt 3-1 on Wednesday. Team Melli defeated the African champions 25-22 in the first set but lost to them 26-24, 25-18 and 26-24 in the following sets 10/2/19

2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup: Russia 3 Iran 1

Iran national volleyball team lost to Russia 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 25-22) at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Men's World Cup at the White Ring Hall in Nagano on Tuesday. Team Melli will meet Egypt on Wednesday. 10/1/19

2019 World Weightlifting Championships: Iran's Reza Dehdar earns gold and bronze medals

Iranian weightlifter Reza Dehdar has pulled off a stunning performance to claim a gold and a bronze medal in the 102 kg category at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships in Thailand. Dehdar then stole the show in the clean and jerk when he lifted 219 kg over his head to snatch the gold from current European champion Yauheni Tsikhantsou of Belarus, and register a tally of 394 kg to also win the bronze medal in total. 9/26/19

Weightlifting: Iran's Ali Miri snatches silver at IWF World Championships

Ali Miri from Iran claimed a silver medal at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships on Monday. Miri managed 167kg in the snatch and 207kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 374kg in the 89kg event. 9/24/19

Iran volleyball crowned Asia's champions

Iran overpowered Australia in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-21) in the 2019 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship at the 12,000-seater Azadi Sports Complex here on Saturday. Team Melli win Asian Men's Volleyball Championship for the third time, as the Persian had already won the title in 2011 and 2013. 9/23/19

FIFA Chief Hopeful Iran Will End 'Unacceptable' Women Stadium Ban

FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he is hopeful that Iran will address the "unacceptable situation" of banning women from entering soccer stadiums as a World Cup qualifying match nears. The head of the world soccer's governing body said in a statement on September 19 that he had contacted Iranian soccer officials several times recently over the issue and a FIFA delegation is currently in Iran. -RFE/RL 9/19/19

Iran Judo Federation suspended By The International Judo Federation

Following what happened during the last World Judo Championships Tokyo 2019, the International Judo Federation suspended Iran Judo Federation from all competitions, administrative and social activities organized or authorized by International Judo Federation and its Unions. 9/18/19

Iran Greco-Roman team come 4th at World Championships

Iran Greco-Roman team finished in fourth place with 75 points at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Iran won three bronze medal in the competition. Russia took the first place with 132 points, followed by Uzbekistan with 90 and Georgia with 79. 9/18/19

Iran crowned CAFA U15 Women's champions

Iran lifted 2019 CAFA U15 Women's Championship trophy on Monday. Iran defeated Uzbekistan 3-2 in their third match and topped the event with three wins. Ghazal Morshedi, Diana Norouzi and Fatemeh Yousefi scored for Iran. 9/17/19

Iranian Stadium Ban Activists Honored in Wake of "Blue Girl" Tragedy

A minute of silence was observed for Sahar Khodayari, a young Iranian woman who self-immolated after reportedly hearing she would have to serve jail time after being arrested for trying to watch her favorite men's soccer team play at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. -CHRI 9/16/19

Taekwondo Grand Prix: Iran wins 2 medals on day 2

Armin Hadipour and Sajjad Mardani have won two gold medals for Iran on the second day of the 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 2 in Japan. Hadipour, who had defeated Adrian Vicente of Spain in the semifinal of the minus 58 kg category, settled for silver after surrendering the decider 22-14 to his South Korean opponent Jang Jun. 9/14/19

FIFA Officials To Visit Iran After Death Of Stadium-Ban Protester

FIFA will visit Iran to review preparations for allowing women to attend men's soccer games, a spokesman for the world soccer governing body told Reuters and AFP on September 11. The announcement of FIFA's visit, expected in the next two weeks, follows the death of a 29-year-old woman who set herself on fire after being charged for attempting to attend a men's soccer match disguised as a male. 9/12/19

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Iran 2-0 Hong Kong

Iran have kick-started their Asian qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China, with a 2-nil away victory over group C rivals in Hong Kong. Iran's next match will be against Cambodia on October the 10th. 9/11/19

Death of Iran's "Blue Girl" Spotlights Senseless Ban on Women in Stadiums

The death of Sahar Khodayari, a woman who set herself on fire in Tehran because she thought she would have to serve jail time for trying to watch a soccer match, has put the spotlight on the costs of a discriminatory state policy that Iranian women have been protesting for decades. -CHRI 9/11/19

Iran Basketball return to the Olympics for the first time since 2008

Iran national basketball team advanced to the 2020 Olympic Games after beating the Philippines in the 2019 FIBA World Cup classification round on Sunday. Iran had suffered three defeats against Puerto Rico, Tunisia and Spain in Group C. The Persians beat Angola and the Philippines in Group N. 9/9/19

Iran taekwondo wins title at World Martial Arts Masterships

Iranian taekwondo team won the team kyorugi event competition of 2019 Martial Arts Masterships in South Korea. In the final bout, the Iranian team overpowered Russia 26-14 to obtain the title and also to secure 2020 Tokyo Olympics quota where team kyorugi will be held as a test event. 9/2/19

Iran To Let Women Attend Men's World Cup Qualifier In October

Women in Iran will be allowed into a Tehran stadium to attend a men's football World Cup qualifier later this year, a Sports Ministry official has said. "The women can go in the Asadi Stadium for the qualification match against Cambodia on October 10," Deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh said on August 25, according to state news agency IRNA. 8/26/19

Volleyball: Iranian women defeated by Taiwan at Asian Championships

The national Iranian women's volleyball team lost 3-1 to Taiwan in its forth match at the Asian Women's Volleyball Championships held in South Korea. Iran's volleyball team will have to wait for the winner of the Indonesia-Kazakhstan match on Sunday to have the chance to secure a fifth place in the Asian competitions. 8/23/19

Iran Releases Detained Stadium Ban Protesters as Hardliners Cheer on Discriminatory Policy

Four women arrested by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on August 17, 2019, for trying to enter Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch a men's soccer game were released on bail from Gharchak Prison, south of the capital, two days later. -CHRI 8/22/19

Iran Prosecutor Defies FIFA On Stadium Entrance Ban For Women

Iran's ban on women entering stadiums is not the business of world soccer governing body FIFA, the country's prosecutor-general said on August 7. "That is certainly not the concern of FIFA -- whether women are among the football fans in the stadiums or not," Mohammad Montazeri said, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency. -RFE/RL 8/8/19

In Iran, Court Rules In Favor Of Female Motorcyclist, And It Gets Motors Running

An Iranian lawmaker has welcomed a court ruling stating that police should issue an unidentified woman in the central city of Isfahan a motorcycle license. The Court of Administrative Justice handed down the ruling following a lawsuit by a female resident of Isfahan who had complained that traffic police had refused to issue her a motorcycle license, Iranian media reported on August 4. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 8/6/19

FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship 2019: Yali, Esfandiar lead Iran to historic first title

Porya Yali and captain Amirhossein Esfandiar led Iran in their 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 15-12) triumph against Italy to capture their first FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship title. 7/29/19

Iran raps U.S. mistreatment of volleyballers at Chicago airport, urges apology

Iran denounces the US for mistreating its national men's volleyball team, which has traveled to Chicago for the Final Six of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, calling on Washington to issue an apology for its misbehavior. The team was delayed for four hours upon arrival at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on Saturday, while the Iranian volleyballers were detained and interrogated by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. 7/9/19

FIFA President Announces Deadline for Iran to Take "Concrete Steps" to Let Women Into Stadiums

In a letter addressing the chief of the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) Mehdi Taj, the president of FIFA announced a July 15, 2019, deadline for Taj to inform him of the "concrete steps" the Iranian government would be taking to lift its ban on women in stadiums by September of this year. -CHRI 6/27/19

FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019: Iran falls to France in Ardabil

Iran have suffered their first straight sets defeat of the 2019 FIVB Nations League after falling to France in their last home game played in Ardabil. Iran will travel to Bulgaria for its 5th week of the games where they will play Serbia, and the USA, as well as the hosts. 6/24/19

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