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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

FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019: Iran celebrate victory against Canada

- Iran's national volleyball team have kicked off week three of the 2019 FIVB Nations League with a straight-sets win over Canada, in front of the home crowd in the northwestern Iranian city of Urmia. - 6/15/19

FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019: A tough match for both teams, Iran and Brazil

- Brazil defeated Iran in five sets in their first match in Tokyo in week 2 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday. Iran captain Mir Saeid Marouflakrani said: "I would like to say congratulations to the Brazil team first. These full sets were very tough and I am disappointed and not satisfied with this result but there was lots to learn from such a big team. Looking back, there were good plays too. We will do our best tomorrow as well." -FIVB - 6/7/19

Persepolis Football Team Wins Iran's Hazfi Cup

- Persepolis football team won Iran's Hazfi Cup for the sixth time in Ahvaz's Foolad Arena on Sunday. Persepolis edged past Iran's Second Division outfit Damash Gilan 1-0, thanks to Ali Alipour's 22nd minute goal from a wonderful free-kick. - 6/5/19

FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019: Iran, France and Brazil keep perfect win record, Kliuka leads scorers in Men's VNL Week 1

- Iran, France and Brazil enjoyed a perfect start with three wins, while Egor Kliuka's high-scoring performances helped Russia to a 2-1 win-loss record in the first week of the men's tournament in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. - 6/4/19

Judo: Iran's Saeid Mollaei wins gold at 2019 Hohhot Grand Prix

- Iranian judoka, Saeid Mollaei, has underscored his supremacy in the under-81kg Judo weight category after claiming gold in the 2019 Hohhot Grand Prix in China. In a stunning display in the final showdown on Saturday, the 37-year-old Iranian ace struck the Japanese number one and three-time Grand Slam winner, Sotaro Fujiwara, with a Sode tsurikomi goshi to score ippon, and wrap up the contest. - 5/27/19

Marc Wilmots named coach of Iran national football team

- Belgian coach Marc Wilmots has been named as new head coach of Iran national football team, Mehdi Taj, the president of the Football Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI), said. The 50-year-old coach will take charge of Team Melli until the 2022 FIFA World Cup. - 5/15/19

Iran To Drop Tattooed Players From National Football Team

- The Iranian tattooed players have reportedly no place in Iran national football team from now on. According to the reports, the Iranian football federation has been told it must prevent to invite the tattooed players to the national team. -Tehran Times - 3/19/19

Russia dethrones Iran, takes the crown at Men's Freestyle World Cup

- Iran fell short in the final match of the 2019 United World Wrestling (UWW) Freestyle World Cup, losing to hosts Russia 9-1 at the Yakutsk's Triumph Sports Training Center. The Russian Federation claimed their seventh overall Freestyle World Cup title and first gold since their title-winning performance at the 2011 Makhachkala World Cup. - 3/17/19

AFC Beach Soccer Championship: Japan win epic clash against Iran

- Japan came from two goals down to secure a place in the AFC Beach Soccer Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals, after earning a stunning 3-2 extra time win against defending champions Iran on Thursday. The loss comes as a crushing blow to Iran, who will miss the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup after having qualified for seven of the last eight editions, and finishing third in 2017. -AFC - 3/14/19

AFC Beach Soccer Championship: Iran 3-4 Oman

- Oman confirmed themselves as Group D winners, and inflicted the first blemish to defending champion Islamic Republic of Iran's campaign, with a 4-3 win in a high-quality AFC Beach Soccer Championship Thailand 2019 clash on Tuesday. The result means Talib Hilal's side will face Bahrain in Thursday's quarter-finals, while Iran are set for blockbuster, win-or-go-home clash against FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup regulars Japan. - 3/12/19

Iran finishes second at Sabre World Cup

- Iran finished in second place at the International Fencing Federation (FIE) men's Sabre World Cup in Padua, Italy on Sunday. Team Melli, consisting of Ali Pakdaman, Mojtaba Abedini, Mohammad Fotouhi and Mohammad Rahbari, lost to reigning world champions South Korea 45-28 in the final match. - 3/11/19

2019 AFC Champions League: Al-Duhail defeats Esteghlal 3-0, Persepolis ties with Pakhtakor 1-1

- In Doha, Al-Duhail of Qatar have overpowered Esteghlal of Iran 3-0 in 2019 AFC Champions League's group C. Meanwhile, Persepolis of Iran have begun their 2019 AFC Champions League Campaign with a 1-all draw against Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan in Group D. - 3/6/19

Kuban Spring good warm-up for Iran's woman U19 team: Coach Katayoun Khosrowyar

- Katayoun Khosrowyar, head coach of Iran's U19 women's football team, says that the 2019 Kuban Spring Women U19 Tournament is a good warm-up tournament for her team. Defending champions Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Belarus will participate in the competition which will be held in Sochi, Russia from March 1-5. - 3/1/19

BASKETBALL: Iran defeats Australia, qualifies for 2019 FIBA World Cup

- Iran's men's basketball team booked a spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a win over Australia. Team Melli defeated the Boomers 85-74 in Tehran's Azadi Hall on Sunday. Iran were paced by Behnam Yakhchali's 21 points, and Mitch Creek was Australia's top scorer with 20 points. Iran had lost to Australia 76-49 in the Melbourne in November. - 2/24/19

Iran needs youth league for talent identification: Coach Katayoun Khosrowyar

- Katayoun Khosrowyar, head coach of Iran's U19 women's football team, is worried for not having a youth league for talent identification and for development of young players. The Iranian team will participate at the Kuban Spring Women's U19 Football Tournament next month and she will test four new Iranian-American players in the event. - 2/15/19

Iranian-American Michael Rostampour Invited To Iran's National Basketball Team

- Rising basketball player Mike Rostampour has been invited to Iran national basketball team. The 6ft 8in (2.03m) Minnesota-born forward has never seen action for the Iran national squad before, but has significant international basketball experience. - 2/6/19

Carlos Queiroz quits as Iran football coach

- Carlos Queiroz announced his resignation as head coach of Iran national football team after Team Melli failed to reach the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The 65-year-old decided to call time on his eight-year stint with the Iranians at the news conference in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. - 1/29/19

AFC Asian Cup Semi-final: Iran 0-3 Japan

- Yuya Osako returned to Japan's starting line-up to score a second-half brace and seal the Samurai Blue's spot in the final of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 as Hajime Moriyasu's side defeated the Islamic Republic of Iran 3-0 at Al Ain's Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Monday. -AFC - 1/28/19

Iran defeats Oman 2-0 in AFC Asian Cup, will play against China in quarterfinals

- Three-time champions Iran have reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup with a 2-0 victory over Oman in Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Oman almost took a surprise lead as early as the 3rd minute when they were awarded a penalty. However, Iran's keeper Alireza Beiraanvand saved the spot kick heroically. - 1/21/19

2019 AFC Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq tie 0-0 and move to next round

- Iran national football team were held to a 0-0 draw by Iraq at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday at the Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai and claimed top spot in Group D thanks to a better goal difference. Both teams have already qualified for the Round of 16. - 1/17/19

Iran kicks off AFC Asian Cup 2019 with 5-0 victory over Yemen

- Iran national football team started their AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over debutants Yemen at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE on Monday. Iran will play Vietnam On Jan. 12 at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi and face Iraq four days later at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. - 1/8/19

Iran's Football Coach Carlos Queiroz: Protect us from crocodiles

- Iran national football team coach Carlos Queiroz has asked the Iran football federation President Mehdi Taj to protect Team Melli from crocodiles! Iran will leave Qatar for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday after completing two-week training camp in Doha. -Tehran Times - 1/3/19

Iran's Khademalsharieh Claims Silver At Women's Section Of World Blitz Championship

- Sarasadat Khademalsharieh from Iran claimed a silver medal at the World Blitz Championship on Sunday. Russian Kateryna Lagno won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Khademalsharieh took the silver with 13 points and the bronze medal went to Chinese Lei Tingjie who scored 12.5 points. -Tehran Times - 12/31/18

Iranian men & women teams nominated for the World's Best National Futsal Teams

- Iran' men's and women's futsal teams have been nominated for the best national team in the world. The Iranian outfits won the AFC Futsal Championship and are vying with eight other teams to win the UMBRO Futsal Award 2018. - 12/8/18

Iranians Farzaneh Tavasoli, Fatemeh Etedadi nominated for world's best female futsal goalkeeper, player

- Iran futsal custodian Farzaneh Tavasoli has been nominated as the Best Female Goalkeeper in the World. Also, Fatemeh Etedadi from Iran along with nine other stars of international women futsal, were nominees for the Best Female Player in the World. - 12/5/18

Basketball: Iran book FIBA World Cup ticket

- With two games remaining, Iran national basketball team advanced to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Team Melli defeated the Philippines 78-70 in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena. - 12/4/18

Iranian Female Billiard Player Gets Snookered On 'Un-Islamic Conduct' Charges

- Akram Mohammadi Amini, the first Iranian female billiards player to win an international medal, has been banned from competition for two years for allegedly violating Islamic dress code and smoking during a recent tournament. The decision was issued by the Islamic Republic's Billiards, Bowling, and Boxing Federation, which has also barred Amini from entering sports arenas for two years. The federation says Ms. Amini has the right to appeal the decision. -Radio Farda - 12/4/18

Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The Open Stadiums campaign, which describes itself as a "movement of Iranian women seeking to end discrimination and let women enter stadiums," welcomed the board's recommendations on Iran as a "Great achievement for Iranian female football fans who insisted for their right to enter to stadiums for more than 13 years." - 11/28/18

FOOTBALL: Uzbekistan defeats Iran in CAFA Women's Championship

- Iran lost to Uzbekistan 2-1 at the 2018 CAFA Women's Championship on Tuesday. The Iranian football team had started the competition with a 6-0 win over Afghanistan on Sunday. Team Melli will play Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Thursday and Saturday respectively. -Tehran Times - 11/28/18

FIFA Human Rights Panel Urges Tough Line On Iran's Ban Of Female Fans

- The FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board has called on the soccer body to set a deadline for ending Iran's ban on women attending male sporting events. "FIFA should be explicit" giving the Iranian soccer federation a timetable to comply, and should warn of "anticipated sanctions if it does not," the FIFA-appointed human rights experts said in a report published on November 26. -RFE/RL - 11/27/18

International Horseback Archery Championships Held In Shiraz, Iran

- The International Horseback Archery Championship kicked off in Shiraz, Fars Province on Thursday. The four-day competition brought 50 athletes from 19 countries together in the Iranian city. The competition was held in different categories including javelin throw and fencing. - 11/26/18

Soccer Star Nima Nakisa Says Many Former Players In Iran Are Addicted To Drugs

- Former Iranian soccer star, now in charge of football development at the local football federation, told local media this week that 17% of former Iranian footballers, who have played for different Iranian clubs and the national team, are suffering from drug addiction. -Radio Farda - 11/25/18

Iranian athletes win four medals at 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Australia

- Iranian representatives claimed four medals in Day 1 of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships underway in South Australian shores. The event has brought more than 6000 participants from 44 countries from Nov. 16 to Dec. 2 at Glenelg Beach and the world-class South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide. -Tehran Times - 11/16/18

FOOTBALL: Iran's participation at AFC Asian Cup at risk

- Iran national football team could miss the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in January over a law interfering in the national soccer federation's independence. The AFC said in a statement issued late Tuesday that they were "closely monitoring the current issues" and that the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) stressed that it was a non-governmental organization. - 11/14/18

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran overpowers Russia to grab the title

- Iran beach soccer coach Marco Octavio is "very satisfied" for being able to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup with crop of young talents. Iran defeated Russia 4-2 to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup for the second time. - 11/12/18

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