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WBSC launch project to promote baseball and softball in Iran

- A collaborative agreement between the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the Iran Baseball and Softball Association has been announced in an effort to expand and develop the sports in the country. -Inside the Games - 5/3/16

Iranian weightlifters finish runner-up in Asian championships

- Iranian weightlifters have brilliantly finished their campaign at the 46th edition of the Senior Men's Asian Weightlifting Championships in Uzbekistan, ranking second in the continental sporting event. - 5/1/16

Iran drawn in Group A of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

- During the draw ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, the Islamic Republic of Iran landed in Group A of the forthcoming sports event, and was pitted against South Korea, Uzbekistan, China, Qatar and Syria. - 4/12/16

Majda Cicic named as Iran's women volleyball coach

- Secretary general of Iran's Volleyball Federation has announced the inking of a one-year contract with European coach Majda Leban Cicic to lead Iran's female volleyball team. Mahmoud Afshardoost said "after observing the performance of the Slovenian coach in Tehran during training sessions of the junior team, we orally agreed on a one-year cooperation; later, the contract was prepared and handed over to the federation." - 4/6/16

Spat Forces Saudi, Iranian Soccer Teams To Play In Neutral Venues

- Saudi Arabian soccer clubs will play Asian Champions League matches against Iranian teams at neutral venues this year because of poor relations between the two countries. The Asian Football Confederation announced that the two feuding nations had failed to meet a March 15 deadline it had established for restoring "normal relations" between the two nations' clubs. - 3/16/16

Iran female ping pong players shine in world championships

- Iranian female ping pong players have impressed the spectators in the final match of the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Malaysia, winning it and standing on top of the podium. - 3/7/16

Iranian Businessman Buys Stake In English Soccer Team

- Iranian-British businessman Farhad Moshiri has bought a 49.9 percent stake in English Premier League team Everton FC, subject to approval by the league. Forbes, which estimates Moshiri's net worth at $1.79 billion, ranks him 894th among the world's billionaires. - 2/28/16

Iranian chess player ranks 2nd in FIDE Women's Grand Prix

- Iranian chess player Sara Sadat Khadem al-Sharieh has finished second in the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) Grand Prix in Iran. Iran's 18-year-old international master and female grandmaster ended her campaign with 2,403 points and finished in second place. - 2/25/16

Skiing at Iran's 'gateway of the mountain'

- Located more than 3,000m above sea level, Darbandsar Ski Resort is perched high in the Alborz mountain range in the shadow of Mount Damavand, Iran's highest peak. A favourite weekend destination for many Iranians, the ski resort is about an hour's drive from the capital, Tehran. -Mohammad Ali Najib, Al Jazeera - 2/22/16

Iran Banned Women From Attending Men's Volleyball Games

- Iran banned women from attending the International Beach Volleyball Championships that ended Friday, the world volleyball governing body said. The International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) said allowing women to attend the five-day competition at Iran's Kish Island had been a condition of its decision to let the Iranian volleyball federation host the men's tournament for the first time. - 2/21/16

Iran qualifies for FIFA Futsal World Cup

- Iran booked a place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup after defeating Kyrgyzstan 7-0 in the quarter-final of the AFC Futsal Championship at Uzbekistan Stadium on Wednesday. Iran will play Vietnam in the semi-final on Friday and host Uzbekistan face Thailand - 2/18/16

Local Authorities Defy Iran's Commitment to Federation and Refuse to Allow Women at Volleyball Match

- Despite assurances by Iranian authorities that they would comply with international rules and allow women to attend the Beach Volleyball World Championship on Kish Island, women are being turned away. - 2/18/16

Beach volleyball and women's rights in Iran?

- Beach volleyball is testing women's rights in Iran. Yes, beach volleyball in Iran. You may think that women's rights there are a secondary issue, compared with recent headlines focusing on a nuclear agreement... But in fact, this issue goes to the heart of whether Iran upholds its international agreements. -Minky Worden, CNN - 2/8/16

Wrestling with Iran

- In Iran, wrestling commands the same level of public interest as football in the United States. This is no passing fad. Wrestling is intimately entwined with the history and culture of the country, going back to the legendary matches that Persian kings conducted with their rivals...The initiative in Washington to engage in "wrestling diplomacy" began in 2009, shortly after Barack Obama entered the Oval Office. -John Feffer, LobeLog - 2/5/16

Iran's shooter Khedmati wins gold at Asia Olympic qualifiers

- Iranian female sports shooter Najmeh Khedmati has put on an awe-inspiring display of skills at the 2016 Asian Olympic Shooting Qualifying Tournament in India, and managed to snatch a gold medal. - 1/31/16

Former Iran, Persepolis striker Homayoun Behzadi dies at 74

- Former striker of Iran national football team and Persepolis Homayoun Behzadi has passed away at the age of 74 following a long battle against illness. Behzadi was inducted into the Persepolis Hall of Fame by becoming the first man to score a hat-trick against arch-rivals Esteghlal in the Tehran derby, as he helped the Reds bag a 6-nil win over the Blues in 1973. - 1/23/16

Saudis Refuse To Play Soccer In Iran, Citing Security Fears

- The rising tensions between Tehran and Riyadh reached into the sports arena, with the Saudi soccer federation citing security concerns for saying it will not to participate in matches in Iran. - 1/8/16

Iranian Soccer Player Jailed Over Photos With Unveiled Women

- A professional Iranian soccer player has been jailed after photographs published on social media showed him together with several women not wearing the Islamic hijab, as required by Iranian law. Sosha Makani, a 29-year-old goalkeeper who has competed with Iran's national team, was arrested on January 4 and jailed following a complaint by private plaintiffs, Iranian media reported -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 1/7/16

Iran opens its first marathon to tourists - but women can't compete

- Iran's first marathon invites international tourists to run to the ancient city of Persepolis, but rules prevent women from joining -Lizzie Porter, Telegraph - 12/31/15

Iranian beach soccer team ranks best in Asia

- The national Iranian men beach soccer squad has been named the best team in Asia in the November edition of the Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) rankings, standing at the sixth spot in the world. - 12/3/15

Iran's Elaheh Ahmadi stands atop air rifle women world shooting podium

- Female Iranian sports shooter Elaheh Ahmadi has been crowned as the world's best athlete of the 10-meter air rifle women division in the November edition of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rankings. - 12/2/15

Iran's Wrestling Federation slams cancellation of orchestra performance

- Rasoul Khadem, head of Iran's Wrestling Federation has called for an investigation into the cancellation of Tehran Symphonic Orchestra performance in the closing of World Wrestling Championships. - 12/1/15

Russia's Lovchev breaks weightlifting world records held by Iran's Rezazadeh

- Russian weightlifter Aleksey Lovchev has established new world records in the clean and jerk and aggregate in the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in the United States, breaking the previous record set by Iranian weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. - 11/29/15

Iran slumps to Brazil in Women's Futsal World Tournament

- Iran women's national futsal team has sustained its second group stage defeat at the 2015 Women's Futsal World Tournament in Guatemala, going down to the strong Brazilian side. The loss means Iran cannot progress to the quarterfinals, as the first two teams in each group can make it into the knockout stage. - 11/27/15

Women's Futsal Team Captain Allowed to Travel to World Championship Only after Judiciary Gives Consent

- The captain of the Iranian women's national Futsal team, Niloufar Ardalan, who was previously banned from leaving the country to play in the Asian championships in Malaysia because her husband, Mehdi Tutunchi, had not given his consent, has received permission from the Judiciary to travel with the team to Guatemala for the world futsal championship. - 11/25/15

Captain of Iranian women's futsal team permitted to leave country

- The Iranian judiciary reports that through the intervention of the football federation and other relevant government bodies, Nilofar Ardalan, an Iranian futsal athlete and national team captain, has been granted permission to leave the country to attend championship games in Guatemala. Mizan Khabar reports that the exit permit was issued with the consent of her husband. - 11/24/15

Unnamed Iranian football stars arrested at party

- Three professional Iranian football players were arrested by the authorities at a party. Khabar on line published the news on Tuesday November 18 without identifying the players, indicating only that they are well known stars from one of the country's top football teams. - 11/19/15

Iran defeats Guam 6-0 in World Cup qualifying match

- Despite missing captain Andranik Teymourian and three other players reportedly due to visa issues, Iran thrashed Guam 6-0 on Tuesday to move into top spot in Group D in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. - 11/17/15

Iran subdues Turkmenistan in FIFA World Cup qualifying

- In their fourth 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, Iranian men's national soccer team defeated Turkmenistan 3-1 to re-ascent atop Group D. Staged at Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Thursday November 12, Iranian soccer players pulled off a victory against Turkmenistan following their previous draw against Oman in a match held in Muscat October 8 - 11/13/15

Iran finishes runner-up in world bodybuilding event

- Iranian national bodybuilding squad has finished its crusade at the 68th edition of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships and International Congress in Brazil, and hulked into second place. - 11/10/15

Iran runner-up at Brazil's 2015 Futsal Grand Prix

- Iran lost to Brazil 4-3 in the 2015 Futsal Grand Prix final match on Sunday. The Iranian team defeated Colombia (4-1), Angola (7-0), Uruguay (7-3) and Paraguay (2-0) respectively in the tournament. - 11/9/15

Rohani intervenes to let Iran's Women Futsal Team play in World Cup

- By special order of President Hassan Rohani, the Iranian Women's Futsal Team will travel to Guatemala to participate in the 2015 World Cup. The Iranian Football Federation had said that due to visa complications and a lack of funding, the team would not be able to travel to Guatemala. - 11/9/15

Iranian futsal players defeat Colombia 4-1 in Brazil games

- Iran men's national futsal team has registered its first victory at the group stage of the 10th edition of the Grand Prix de Futsal in Brazil, edging the Colombian squad. - 11/6/15

Visa Problems May Ground Iran's Women Futsal Team

- The Iranian Women's National Futsal team may be unable to compete in the 2015 World Tournament even though they won the championship in Asia. The Iranian federation says the team has begun practice; however, securing visas for all team members is a difficult task, which may keep them from joining the games in Guatemala. - 11/2/15

Iran: End Ban on Women at Volleyball Matches

- Iran should stop preventing women and girls from attending volleyball matches and take further steps to promote gender equality, opening a digital advocacy campaign to promote respect for women's rights in the country. - 10/30/15

Iran's Superman Behdad Salimi out of World Weightlifting Championship

- Iran's super heavyweight Behdad Salimi has a torn ACL and missed the 2015 World Weightlifting Championship. Salimi was helped off the field after suffering a serious knee injury which occurred in the training on Monday. - 10/28/15

Organs of brain dead Iranian sportswoman donated

- The vital organs of female Iranian athlete Reyhaneh Beheshti have been donated to patients in need of transplantation to save their lives, nearly a week after the young sportswoman was diagnosed as brain dead. - 10/19/15

Captain of Iran's Persepolis football team dies of cardiac arrest

- Iranian soccer player Hadi Norouzi has lost his life after suffering a heart attack, in what has been described as the second tragedy to strike the Islamic Republic's soccer in nearly a month. - 10/2/15

Eight of Iran's women's football team 'are men', league official claims

- Eight of Iran's women's football team 'are men', it has been claimed. The Iranian FA has been branded 'unethical', after it was alleged the players were actually men awaiting sex change operations. -Mirror, UK - 10/1/15

Hawks Add Arsalan Kazemi To Training Camp Roster

- The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed forward Arsalan Kazemi (are-suh-lahn kah-ZEE-me) to a contract, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. - 9/30/15

Iran: No government fanfare for victorious women's futsal team

- The Iranian Women's National Futsal team, which won the Asian Championship Cup last week, arrived in Tehran on Sunday September 27 without any reception from the country's Ministry of Sport. - 9/30/15

Iranian women win their first futsal championship

- Iran's women's national futsal team has lifted the trophy at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship in Malaysia following a victory over the Japanese side. - 9/27/15

Iranian female futsallers thrash Uzbekistan in AFC championship

- Iran women's national futsal team has romped to another emphatic win at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship in Malaysia, overwhelming Uzbekistan. - 9/23/15

Positive to Finish with Victory, Iran's Volleyball Coach Kovac Says

- Iranian national volleyball team's coach Slobodan Kovac said that to finish the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup with victory was positive. Iran defeated Egypt 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-23) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday. The Iranian team finished in eighth place in the tournament. - 9/23/15

Iran volleyballers lose to Australia in FIVB World Cup

- Iran's national volleyball team has sustained an astonishing loss today in the 2015 FIVB World Cup currently being held in Japan, going down to Australia by losing all 3 sets. - 9/21/15

Iranian Who Barred Soccer-Star Wife From Travel Says It's Private

- An Iranian man who barred his soccer-star spouse from playing in a tournament abroad has defended his actions and criticized foreign media for covering the case. Mehdi Toutounchi, a prominent sports journalist and television presenter, said he had to "take control" of the situation. - 9/19/15

Iranian Female Soccer Star Faces Husband-Imposed Travel Ban

- It's a man's world for Niloufar Ardalan, one of Iran's best female soccer players and known as Lady Goal for her on-field exploits in international women's Islamic tournaments. Ardalan says she will not be able to compete in an upcoming tournament in Malaysia because her husband has refused to grant her permission to travel abroad as required by Islamic laws enforced in Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/15/15

Iranian freestyle wrestlers land in 2nd place in world wrestling championships

- Iran's national freestyle wrestling team has finished its campaign at the 12th edition of the World Wrestling Championships in the United States, taking the second place at the end of the prestigious international with no gold medal in tally. - 9/13/15

Russian volleyball team defeats Iran 3-0 in FIVB World Cup

- Iran men's national volleyball team has suffered a straight-set loss at the first round of the 2015 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Cup in Japan, slumping to the Russian side. On Sunday, the Iranian squad conceded a 3-0 (24-26, 18-25 and 20-25) defeat to Russia in a match staged at the Hamamatsu Arena in the western Japanese city of Hamamatsu. - 9/13/15

Iran blanks Venezuela with straight-sets win in FIVB World Cup

- Iran's national volleyball team has trounced Venezuela in straight sets at the first round of the 2015 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Cup currently being staged in Japan. - 9/10/15

Iranian football team blanks India in FIFA World Cup qualifier

- Iran's national soccer team has defeated India to register a much-deserved win in an AFC Second Round qualifier for 2018 FIFA World Cup. Team Melli thrashed its host 3-0 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in the southern city of Bangalore on Tuesday. The Iranian outfit had pummeled Guam 6-0 in its second Group D showdown at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on September 3, nearly three months after an away 1-1 tie against Turkmenistan in Daşoguz. - 9/9/15

Explanations demanded for Iranian football players' tattoos

- Ashkan Dejagah and Sardar Azmoon, two strikers on Iran's National Football team, have been summoned by the Ethics Committee of the Iranian Football Federation for revealing tattoos on their arms during the team's visit with Guam's football team. - 9/8/15

Iran basketball team crowned in 2015 William Jones Cup

- The Iranian national men's basketball team has finished first at the 2015 William Jones Cup in Taiwan, after pulling off an emphatic victory over Russian squad Spartak Primorye. - 9/7/15

Iran conquers Guam 6-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifier

- Iran men's national soccer team has demonstrated an outstanding performance in its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match staged on home soil, trouncing the squad from Guam - a US island territory in the Western Pacific - with a comfortable six-goal margin. - 9/4/15

Iran basketball team suffers defeat against US in William Jones Cup

- The Iranian national men's basketball team has suffered its first loss at the 2015 William Jones Cup in Taiwan, going down to USA Overtake Select squad. The Iranian side lost out to the American representative by 15 points (66-81) in a match played at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City on Wednesday. - 9/4/15

Photos: World soccer stars team sinks Iran's 3-0 in Tehran charity match

- The team of world's retired professional footballers has produced a dazzling performance against Iran's football stars of the past in a charity match, the proceeds of which went to the Iranian society that supports MS patients. - 8/29/15

Football: World Stars to Play Iranian Stars in Tehran Charity Match

- Players expected to participate in the World Stars team captained by Michel Salgado include Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Fabio Cannavaro, Guti, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Vitor Baia, Bodo Illgner, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Steve McManaman, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Gaizka Mendieta, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen, Christian Karembeu, Boudewijn Zenden and Santiago Solari. - 8/27/15

FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship 2015: Colossal Rasoul opens the way to bronze medal for Iran

- An incredible tournament-high production of 40 points from Iranian star Rasoul Aghchehli ejected the Asians to a remarkable bronze medal as they won over previous champions Russia 3-1 (25-17, 26-28, 25-16, 25-23). - 8/24/15

Iran collects nine medals in Shotokan karate tournament

- Iranian male and female karate practitioners have received nine medals, including four gold ones, at the 12th edition of the World Shotokan Karate-Do Championship in Japan. - 8/24/15

In Iran, a Women's Soccer Revolution

- In a country where women aren't allowed to attend soccer games, the sport is taking off at the youth level--in part thanks to an Iranian-American -Bill Spindle, WSJ - 8/24/15

Germany's Bauermann picked as Iran's basketball coach

- Signing his contract with Iran's Basketball Federation, Dirk Bauermann became the head coach of Iran's national team. The former coach of Germany Dirk Bauermann was appointed as new head coach of Iran's national basketball team on Monday penning a three-month contract. - 7/7/15

Iran beats Russia with straight sets in FIVB World League

- Iran's national volleyball team has registered a straight-sets win against Russia in the 2015 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League. On Friday, the Iranian squad picked up a home victory and won the pool B match at the 12,000-seater hall of the Azadi Sports Complex in western Tehran in consecutive sets (25-21, 25-21 and 25-21). - 7/4/15

Iran sports body invites female reporters to cover volleyball showdown

- With only two games of the world volleyball league championships left to be played in Iran, Iran's Volleyball Federation has called on female reporters to arrive at Azadi Stadium on Friday and Saturday nights to cover the matches between Iran and Russia. - 7/4/15

Iranian Chess Grandmaster Crested at DC International 2015

- Iranian chess grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami stood on the top of the podium at DC International 2015. On Tuesday and in the last round of the blitz section of the 9 round Swiss competitions held in Washington DC, the 32-year-old Iranian national came first with the overall score of 7 out of 9. - 7/2/15

Poland volleyball team defeats Iran 3-1 in FIVB match in Tehran

- Poland's volleyball team has defeated Iran's squad in a pool B match of the 2015 FIVB World League. The Iranian team lost the match against the world champion, disappointing over 12,000 fans in Tehran's indoor Azadi stadium on Sunday, - 6/29/15

Iranian volleyballers edge past Poland in 2015 FIVB World League

- The Iranian volleyball team has edged past world champion Poland in a Pool B match of the 2015 FIVB World League. On Friday night, the Iranian squad defeated its guests 3-2 at Tehran's Azadi stadium, packed with more than 12,000 passionate fans. - 6/27/15

Host Iran blanks US volleyball team 3-0 in Tehran

- On Sunday, the Iranian squad defeated the reigning FIVB Volleyball World League champion in three straight sets (25-20, 25-21, 25-19), dealing them their second loss in this year's season in Tehran's Azadi stadium, packed with some 12,000 enthusiastic fans. - 6/22/15

Female Iranian Official Attacks Volleyball Ban

- A female Iranian vice president has criticized what she called "sanctimonious" men's groups, whose threats prevented women from watching Iran play the USA in a volleyball match. Although about 200 tickets were reportedly reserved for women at the Azadi sports complex in Tehran, security personnel around the stadium refused to allow any of them to see the match. - 6/21/15

FIVB World League: Iran volleyball team stuns US in Tehran

- Iran's national volleyball team has beaten US in straight sets in a Pool B match of the 2015 FIVB World League. Iranian volleyballers landed the defending champions their first loss of the 2015 season to send a packed 12,000-seater Azadi stadium to cheers late on Friday night. - 6/20/15

Controversies haunt Iran's volleyball victory over US: Women barred from stadium

- Friday's game stirred controversies regarding the presence of female spectators in stadiums. Despite assurances from Hassan Rohani's advisor on Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, that women would be allowed to watch the game in the stadium, last week the minister of the interior announced that the ban on women in stadiums is still in effect. - 6/20/15

Iranian Hard-Liners Protest Women's Presence in Sports Stadiums

- Iranian hard-liners demonstrated in front of the Sports Ministry in Tehran on June 17 to protest the possible presence of women in sports stadiums. The protest followed reports that a limited number of Iranian women could be allowed to attend two upcoming international male volleyball matches, including one on June 19. - 6/18/15

Iran's Interior Minister announces persistence of ban on women in stadiums

- ISNA reported on Monday June 16 that according to Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, no new directives have been issued regarding women attending sports events in stadiums, and the authorities will continue to deal with the matter as they have in past. - 6/17/15

Wrestling's Curby Cup next move in US-Iran sports diplomacy

- American wrestler Jacob Curby died before he could fulfill his dream of competing in the Olympics. But a competition established in his name will mark another milestone in the accelerating sports diplomacy between Iran and the United States. -Barbara Slavin, Al Monitor - 6/16/15

Iran volleyball team defeats Russia giants again

- Iran's national volleyball team have served Russia's title-toting Olympians their second back-to-back defeat, taking on the giants in the fifth week of FIVB Volleyball World League 2015. The Sunday clash saw Iran trouncing Russia in three successive sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) in Kazan, Russia, bagging a total of seven points. - 6/15/15

Head of Iranian police defends barring women from stadiums

- "These days we are being criticized for preventing women from entering sports stadiums or canceling concerts, while many of these actions are carried out under legal warrants and we are merely acting within the limits of the law," Ashtari said in a meeting with Ayatollah Makarrem Shirazi, a senior member of the clergy. - 6/15/15
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