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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

FIVB Volleyball World League: Iran defeats Belgium 3-2 in Tehran

- A stunning all-round performance by Milad Ebadipour, who scored 20 points for Iran by contributing to a 3-2 (23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12) victory over the European opponent in their first-ever encounter at FIVB World League. - 6/10/17

FIVB Volleyball World League: Ghafour on fire as Iran upset world champs Poland

- Amir Ghafour was the leading scorer for Iran in upsetting the reigning world champions in a 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League match in Italy. In their third match of this campaign, the Asian squad finally achieved their first victory - 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 22-25) against Poland. - 6/5/17

FIVB Volleyball World League: Brazil defeats Iran 3-1

- Evandro Guerra was the biggest contributor to Brazil's first win in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League. The South American giants overpowered Iran for a 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22) victory in a Group 1 game held in Italy. - 6/4/17

FIVB Volleyball World League: Iran defeated by Italy in first match

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has started off its campaign at the 2017 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball World League with a bitter loss to Italy. The Azzurri sealed an emphatic win in the first week of the tournament by defeating Iran 3-0 (25-22, 25-23 and 25-22) in a Pool A1 match played at the Adriatic Arena in Pesaro city, on the eastern side of central Italy. - 6/3/17

FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP: Iran eliminated after Portugal scores at the 86th minute

- Group C came down to the wire as a late deflected goal helped Portugal edge Iran 2-1 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 and send them to the knockout stages. Iran opened the scoring just four minutes into the match when Reza Shekari found space at the near post to head in Ali Shojaei's corner kick for his third of the tournament... - 5/27/17

Climbing Iran's Mount Damavand: The last corner of the Earth

- It was a little after 4am when Peter Burke stepped out of his tent and onto the ice in the foothills of the Elburz mountain chain in Iran. Even in the pre-dawn gloom, he was acutely aware of standing in the shadow of mighty Mount Damavand, which at 5671 metres is the highest peak in Western Asia. - 5/25/17

Iran finishes third in 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games

- Iran came third in the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, winning 39 gold, 26 silver and 33 bronze medals and 98 in total in the 11-day long battle. - 5/23/17

Azim Gheychisaz: The first Iranian to climb the world's 14 highest summits

- Azim Gheychisaz made history, becoming the first Iranian who has climbed the all 14 of the world's highest peaks. Gheychisaz climbed the peak of Mount Lhotse on Friday. Only 36 other climbers in the world have documented their climbs to all 14 of the world's highest peaks. The first mountaineer to make such an achievement was Reinhold Messner, in 1986. - 5/20/17

Flag of Iranian football team Persepolis to be raised in North Pole

- The flag of Persepolis Football Club, Iran Professional League champion, will be raised in the North Pole for the first time in the world. At the lunch ceremony which was held on May 9 with the participation of Persepolis officials, coaching staff and players, the flag of the club was delivered to Hossein Naseri, the innovator of the adventurer manager idea, to be taken to the North Pole in September 2017. - 5/18/17

Iranian Authorities Block Attempts by Gold Medalist's Husband to Stop Her From Competing Abroad

- For the second time, Iranian authorities have allowed two-time Iranian Paralympic gold medalist archer Zahra Nemati to travel abroad to compete despite her estranged husband's attempts to force her to stay home. According to Article 18 of Iran's Passport Law, a married woman needs her husband's permission to travel abroad. - 5/11/17

Iran upsets Japan to win Asian Men's U23 Volleyball Championship title

- The national Iranian volleyball team has lifted the trophy at the conclusion of the 2017 Asian Men's U23 Volleyball Championship following a resounding victory over Japan in the final showdown of the tournament in the northwestern Iranian city of Ardabil. - 5/10/17

Iran futsal players finish 3rd in Victory Day Women Cup 2017

- The national Iranian women's futsal team has finished its campaign at the 8th edition of International Futsal Tournament for Women National Teams in Russia, and finished in the third place at the end of the four-nation tournament. - 5/10/17

Iran U23 volleyball team advance to World Championship

- Reigning champions Iran thrashed Thailand in thrilling three sets 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 to pawe their way to the final showdown at the 2nd Asian Men's U23 Championship at the 6,000-seater Rezazadeh Indoor Stadium and book a berth for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's 23 World Championship in Egypt. - 5/9/17

Meet The Iranian Who Looks Like The Soccer Legend Lionel Messi

- An Iranian student who happens to look uncannily like soccer great Lionel Messi, nearly ended up in jail for disrupting public order. A photo event in Reza Paratesh's home town of Hamedan attracted so many fans that police had to close it down, according to AFP. - 5/9/17

FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP: Iran finishes third to make Asian history

- Iran ended their Bahamas 2017 campaign on a high with a 5-3 win against Italy in the play-off for third place to become Asia's highest ever finishers at the Beach Soccer World Cup. These two teams met during the group stage at Bahamas 2017 with Italy edging Iran 5-4 in a thrilling match. The Europeans scored first that day, but it was Iran's turn this time. - 5/8/17

FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP: Iran advance to semi-finals for first time

- Iran advanced to the semi-finals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time in their history with a thrilling 4-3 win after extra time against Switzerland. Iran will now face Tahiti in the semi-finals on Saturday. - 5/5/17

Beach Soccer World Cup: Iran breezes past Nigeria to reach quarter-finals

- Iranian beach footballer won penalty shoot-out over Nigerian rivals to finish second in Group B and advance to quarter-finals of 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas. The 2-1 victory on penalties for the Persian side came after an eye-catching 4-4 draw after extra time. - 5/2/17

Iranian Female Soccer Player Publicly Decries Ban For Playing Without Hijab

- A professional soccer player who once played for the Iranian women's national futsal team has publicly spoken out against a ban she says was imposed on her for not wearing the hijab while playing the sport during a private trip abroad. - 4/29/17

Iranian squad crowned in ITSF World Cup & World Championships

- The Iranian men's senior table football team has won the trophy at the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) World Cup and World Championships in Germany following a victory over Italy. The Iranians recorded a 42-28 victory over their Italian rivals in the title game at the fantastic Kampnagel venue in the northern German city of Hamburg, and took the honors. - 4/18/17

Football: Persepolis Wins Iran Professional League for Third Time

- Persepolis football team defeated rock bottom Machine Sazi of Tabriz to end nine-year title drought in Iran Professional League (IPL) with three games left until the end of the season. In the match held in Yadeger-e Imam Stadium, Persepolis defeated the Tabriz based team 2-0. - 4/16/17

History Made: Men attend women's basketball game in Tehran

- A historical moment took place in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday as the country's men attended a women's basketball game. This marked the first time that men were allowed to witness a women's sporting event in person. - 4/15/17

These women were barred from an Iranian marathon - so they staged their own race instead

- A group of women in Iran risked arrest last week when, having been barred at the last minute from taking part in a marathon, they decided to stage their own race. -Telegraph, UK - 4/12/17

Women's Asian Cup Qualifiers: Vietnam Crushes Iran 6-1

- Hanoi: Host nation Vietnam recovered from conceding an early goal to produce a devastating second half performance, and put themselves 90 minutes away from the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup with a 6-1 win over the Islamic Republic of Iran on Sunday. - 4/10/17

PHOTOS: Iran's Moradi crosses finish line first in Tehran Marathon

- Mohammad Jafar Moradi, who represented Iran at the 2016 Olympic Games, won the Tehran's first-ever marathon on Friday. The course took male runners from the Azadi Sports Complex through the Azadi square in western Tehran. Women ran separately, inside the Azadi sports complex, where Parisa Arab finished in first place in 10 kilometers race. - 4/7/17

Men and Women Required to Run Separately in Tehran's First International Marathon

- Despite interest expressed by foreign female runners, participants in Tehran's first international marathon will be required to run separately based on their sex. The sudden change resulted in an admission by a sports official that the hijab-the head-to-toe Shia-Islamic dress code that all women in Iran are legally required to observe in public-is not always convenient. - 4/7/17



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