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Iranian Duo Make History in Women's Volleyball by Moving to Bulgaria

- Iran's first two women volleyball players to compete outside the Islamic Republic joined Bulgarian club Shumen this month, a move which has taken years of negotiation with Iranian authorities and which could help break down some gender barriers at home. -Angel Krasimirov , Reuters - 1/19/17

PROFILES: Iranian woman motorcycle racer Baran Hadizadeh

- Up at the crack of dawn Baran Hadizadeh starts her day of motocross practice, a routine she goes for three times a week. Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. Taking her heavyweight motorbike in tow, she drives to the racing track in Hashtgerd, outskirt of Tehran, to live her dream, one day at a time. -Marjan Golpira - 1/16/17

Iranian indoor field hockey team crushes host in Croatia Indoor Cup 2017

- The Iranian men's national indoor field hockey team has preserved its winning streak in the Croatia Indoor Cup 2017 and registered a resounding victory against a squad of players from the host nation's top-ranked clubs. - 1/8/17

Iran Football Federation fails preparation plan for World Cup, says coach Carlos Queioz

- Iran National Team's head coach Carlos Queioz has revealed that after the Iranian football federation failed to fulfil its promise he presented a resignation letter and will not continue his job. - 1/8/17

PHOTOS: Iranian teenage girl pulls 3 cars with her teeth

- Iranian 16-year-old girl, Faezeh Sarlak, has pulled three cars with her teeth 4.06 meters to register her name in the World Federation as the first female Iranian athlete in the field. She is the first Iranian female athlete who has been able to drag three cars with teeth, but her record still needs to be recognized by the Guinness World Records. - 1/8/17

Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz resigns, Branko being considered as replacement

- Carlos Queiroz has resigned from Iran national coach on Saturday, according to a member of the board of directors of Iran's Football Federation. Amir Abedini said that they have received the Portuguese coach's resignation letter on Saturday. Persepolis head coach Branko Ivankovic could replace Carlos Queiroz if the Portuguese leaves his role at Team Melli, according to Croatian media. - 1/7/17

Iran football in jeopardy due to coaches feud

- Persepolis coach Branko Ivankovic and Iran national team coach Carlos Queiroz have renewed hostilities once again. Branko criticized Queiroz for holding a useless five-day camp in the UAE because he will have not his six players in mid-season training and former Real Madrid coach has expelled the Persepolis players from the camp just one day in Dubai in response to the Croat's allegations. - 1/5/17

Siamand Rahman: World's strongest Paralympian raises bar higher

- In the build up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rahman had tantalised the world with one of the most exciting stories of 'will he or will he not' ever seen in the Paralympic Movement. On breaking the men's over 107kg world record no less than nine times in two years before Rio 2016, the question on everyone's lips was clear: can he reach the mystical 300kg mark? -IPC - 12/27/16

Women Wrestling: UWW agrees to Iran's cover-singlet proposal

- The United World Wrestling (UWW) has accepted a proposal by Iran to allow female athletes from Muslim nations to adhere to Islamic dress code while taking part in international tournaments. Most of the technical principles of cover-singlet wrestling are similar to those of women's wrestling. A singlet covers the athlete's body from head to toe, and an accompanying helmet protects her head and ears. - 12/26/16

Iran proposes World Solidarity for Wrestling yearly contests

- The Islamic Republic of Iran Wrestling Federation (IRIWF) has submitted a proposal to the governing body for amateur wrestling to organize three-team tournaments every year under the "World Solidarity for Wrestling" banner. The events could be held in Tehran's Milad Tower, in Red Square in the Russian capital city of Moscow, and in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan of New York City, as well as popular venues in Japan and Turkey, the Iranian organization proposed. - 12/18/16

Iran's Sina Sanat Izeh crowned at World Wrestling Clubs Cup

- Iranian wrestling club Sina Sanat Izeh has been crowned the champion of the third edition of the Greco-Roman Club World Cup in Hungary. On Friday evening, the Iranian team finished in the first place at the end of the two-day competitions in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, overpowering Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi SK of Turkey 5-3 in the title showdown. - 12/12/16

Sareh Javanmardi raises awareness about people with impairment

- A series of women made indelible marks on the shooting range at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Sareh Javanmardi stormed to two pistol golds, the first Iranian woman to win a title in shooting, and the USA's McKenna Dahl became her country's first female medallist in shooting Para sport. - 12/9/16

Iran women's rugby sevens team vice champion at Germany tournament

- Iran national women's under-22 rugby sevens team has made quite an achievement at a four-team round-robin tournament in Germany, finishing in the second place at the end of the event. - 12/5/16

Iranian powerlifters pocket 8 gold medals in world tournament

- Iranian powerlifters have started off to a vigorous and impressive campaign at the World Championship Amateur World Powerlifting Congress (AWPC)/ World Champions Cup World Powerlifting Congress (WPC)/World Armlifting Association (WAA) - 2016 in Russia, winning eight gold medals. - 12/5/16

Iranian Female Soccer Pros Featured on Next 60 MINUTES SPORTS on Showtime

- American citizen, who grew up in Tulsa, Okla., has become a leading coach in Iran's nascent professional girls' soccer program, and she tells Lesley Stahl she sees an increasing number of women and girls playing the sport across the country. Stahl goes to Iran to speak to Katayoun Khosrowyar and see this so-called soccer revolution first-hand on the next edition of 60 MINUTES SPORTS -Broadway World - 12/5/16

Tabriz to host World ParaVolley World Club Cup May 1-6, 2017

- Northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz (map) has been chosen to host the 2017 World ParaVolley World Club Cup. The competition will be held in Tabriz next year from May 1 to 6. Gostaresh Foolad Tabriz will represent Iran in the competition. - 12/5/16

Titan Mercury of U.S. defeats Bimeh Razi of Iran to claim championship of World Wrestling Clubs Cup 2016

- Iranian wrestling club Bimeh Razi has been defeated by the Titan Mercury of the United States at the 2016 Freestyle World Wrestling Clubs Cup in Ukraine, and finished as the runner-up in the respected international event. - 12/3/16

Iranian chess master Sara Khademalsharieh sustains 1st loss in FIDE Grand Prix

- Iranian International Master and Woman Grandmaster Sarasadat Khademalsharieh has sustained her first loss at the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) Women's Grand Prix in Russia, going down to a representative from China in the ninth round of the final leg of the tournament. - 11/30/16

Iran's Sardar Azmoun Makes Champions League Team of Week

- Iranian national football team's striker Sardar Azmoun has made Champions League Team of the Week. He has been called the "Iranian Messi" and perhaps the reasons are a little bit clearer now. The stage for Rostov's 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich was set by Azmoun's superb first half equalizer, ESPN wrote. - 11/25/16

Iranian girls crowned in world junior taekwondo championships

- Young Iranian female taekwondo practitioners have put a tremendous end to their campaign at the 11th edition of the WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Canada, claiming the top podium place at the conclusion of the high-status tournament. - 11/22/16

Stars of Tomorrow: Iran's Mobina Nejad Katesari

- Nobody can confirm whether or not if it is a world record, but everybody in Burnaby is talking about it: The incredible run by Iran's Mobina Nejad Katesari on Day 1 of the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Junior Championships. Over a day of fighting that ended with her being crowned world champion in the female -42kg category, she scythed her way through the opposition, scoring 73 points and conceding none. - 11/21/16

Iran taekwondo practitioner Parisa Javadi earns bronze in world junior championships

- Iranian taekwondo practitioner Parisa Javadi has managed to grab a bronze medal in the 11th edition of the WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships in Canada. On Saturday, Javadi triumphed over her Spanish opponent in the first round of the female minus 63-kilogram contests at the Bill Copeland Sports Center in the western Canadian city of Burnaby thanks to a golden point. - 11/21/16

Cancer stricken junior Iranian wrestler to pick up United World Wrestling Endurance Trophy

- Junior Iranian freestyle wrestler Abolfazl Aramideh, who has been battling cancer over the past few months, is poised to receive the United World Wrestling (UWW) Endurance Trophy later this week. Aramideh is currently receiving treatment at the hematology-oncology ward of Tehran's Imam Khomeini Hospital. - 11/17/16

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification: Iran, Syria play out goalless draw

- Iran men's national team has been held to a goalless draw against Syria to stay put at the top spot of its group in the third round of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualification tournament. - 11/16/16

Iranian squad crowned at world kickboxing championship

- Iran's male national kickboxing team has won the World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) World Championship 2016 in Italy. On Saturday and the final day of the competitions in the southern Italian city of Andria, the Iranian eight-member delegation took the honors with a total of eight medals (7 golds and one bronze). - 11/14/16

Iran crowned at World Pahlavani Wrestling Championship

- The first ever edition of Pahlavani Wrestling World Championship was competed from November 10 to 13 in Minsk of Belarus and has attracted wrestlers from 45 world countries including Armenia, America, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, France and Moldova. - 11/13/16

Iran top-ranked in Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships

- Iranian national bodybuilding squad has established the first position at the 70th edition of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships & 11th edition of World Amateur Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Spain. - 11/7/16

Iran runner-up at Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai 2016

- Iran men's national beach soccer team has achieved a commendable second-place finish at the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai 2016 in the United Arab Emirates. - 11/7/16

A Legend Of Iran Football Dies - Mansour Pourheydari: 1946-2016

- Esteghlal legend Mansour Pourheydari passed away at age of 70 on Friday. He died after a one-year battle with lung disease in Tehran's Iranmehr Hospital. Pourheydari was a member of board of the directors of Esteghlal football club. - 11/5/16

FIFA Fines Iran For 'Religious Manifestations' During World Cup Qualifiers

- FIFA has fined Iran and warned the country's soccer body for allowing "several religious manifestations" during a recent World Cup qualifying game in Tehran. Soccer's world governing body said in a statement on November 3 that Iran was fined 45,000 Swiss francs (about $46,000) for holding a "religious ceremony" before its October 11 game against South Korea and again at halftime. - 11/4/16

Iran defeats U.S. at Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup

- Iran opened the fifth edition of the Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup with a victory over the U.S.; Team Melli defeated the U.S. 6-2 in Dubai, the UAE. The Iranian team will face Egypt on Wednesday. - 11/2/16

Iran Male Team Kumite wins World Championships

- Iran's Male Team Kumite defeated Japan to win the 2016 edition of the Karate World Championships on Sunday. The Iranian team beat its powerhouse opponent 3-2 and won the title for the second time in a row. - 10/31/16

Iran wins five medals at Karate World Championships

- Iranian male and female karate practitioners collected five medals in the 23rd edition of the prestigious Karate World Championships in Austria. Gold Medalists: Amir Mehdizadeh and Sajjad Ganjzadeh. Bronze Medalists: Ali Asghar Asiabari, Zabihollah Poursheib and Hamideh Abbasali - 10/30/16

Iranian women grabs 2nd victory at Asian Roller Skating Championships

- The national Iranian women's inline hockey team has captured its second victory in a row at the preliminary round of the 17th edition of Asian Roller Skating Championships in China, overcoming the strong South Korean side. - 10/28/16

Iran finishes runner-up in IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships

- Iranians have produced commendable performances at the 2016 Youth World Weightlifting Championships in Malaysia, and finished as the vice-champion of the international sporting event. Russian youth weightlifters won the championships title with 489 points followed by Iran (471) and Poland (456). - 10/27/16

Iran books place in FIFA U-20 World Cup

- Reza Jafari's brace booked Islamic Republic of Iran a place in the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Championship Bahrain 2016 on Monday evening as Amir Peiravani's side handed Uzbekistan a 2-0 defeat to also qualify for the finals of next year's FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. - 10/25/16

Iran's Sareh Javanmardi receives Allianz Best Female Athlete of the Month for September

- Sareh Javanmardidomani has been voted by the public as the Allianz Best Female Athlete of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, completing a double victory for Iran as compatriot powerlifter Siamand Rahman received the Best Male honour last week. - 10/24/16

Iran loses to India in 2016 Kabaddi World Cup final

- Iran finished in second place after losing to powerhouse India 38-29 in the Kabaddi World Cup final on Saturday. Seven-time defending champions Indians proved their supremacy after trailing 12-18 at the half-time in Ahmedabad, India. - 10/23/16

2016 Kabaddi World Cup: Iran heads to final after defeating South Korea

- The Iranian men's national team has defeated South Korea at the semi-final stage of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in India to book its passage into the final match of the international sports event. On Friday, the Iranian sportsmen ended their East Asian counterparts' unbeaten run in the contest with a narrow 28-22 win at the TransStadia Arena in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. - 10/22/16

Iran's Hossein Soltani wins silver at IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships

- Hossein Soltani of Iran claimed a silver medal in the men's 69kg event at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Weightlifting Championships on Saturday. Soltani won the overall silver with a 295kg finish after lifting 131kg in snatch and 164kg in clean and jerk. - 10/22/16

Women's sports in Iran after the Revolution

- Tonia Valioghli is a veteran Iranian swimmer, record holder and former member of Iran's National Team and is currently a competitive swimming coach in Germany. She is a physical education graduate from Iran and a sports commentator. Zamaneh Media spoke to her about the situation of women's sports in Iran before and after the Revolution and the recent controversy emerging in the sidelines of the Women's World Chess Championship set to be held in Tehran in February 2017. - 10/15/16

2016 Kabaddi World Cup: Iran struggles past Kenya

- The national Iranian men's kabaddi team has registered its third consecutive win at the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in India, capturing a narrow victory over the Kenyan squad. The Iranian outfit, who had thrashed Thailand 64-23 in their second group stage fixture on October 9, tried hard on Tuesday evening to squeeze out a 33-28 win at the iconic stadium - 10/13/16

Iran: Overturn Stadium Restrictions for Women

- The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should cease awarding Iran the right to host FIVB international tournaments until the country ensures that female spectators can freely attend volleyball matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Ary Graca, the sports federation's leader. Graca was re-elected as the FIVB's president at the sports federation's 35th World Congress this week in Buenos Aires. - 10/13/16

FIFA World Cup qualifier: Iran stuns South Korea 1-0 in Tehran

- Iran men's national football team has achieved yet another convincing victory in the third round of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup qualification tournament, and scored a triumph against South Korea. - 10/12/16

Soccersanct: Iran To Keep It 'Religious' At World Cup Qualifier

- Stymied in their effort to reschedule a qualifier match for soccer's 2018 World Cup, Iranian officials are guaranteeing to uphold "religious norms" in connection with a major Shi'ite mourning festival when their national team meets South Korea this week in Tehran. They predict huge black banners covering parts of Azadi Stadium, backup players clad in black, and dirges instead of taunts on October 11 - 10/11/16

Chess Grandmaster Khademalsharieh says World Championship is necessary for Iranian women

- After many of the highest-ranking female players have called for a boycott of the next year's world Chess Championships in Iran, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh said that the championship will help the Iranian women to participate in the most important event in the country for the first time. Khademalsharieh, 19, is an Iranian chess player who holds the titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). - 10/9/16

Iran's first female triathlete Shirin Gerami set to make history at Ironman Kona

- With her journey to the Ironman World Championship, Shirin Gerami aims to change the way women of Islamic faith approach-and are permitted to approach-sport, especially triathlon. -Brian Dessart, Sports Illustrated - 10/9/16

Your Boycott Won't Help Iranian Women

- Some international players are saying they don't want to wear head scarves, but they seem to be making this statement for Iranian women, too: Iranian women shouldn't have to do this, so we'll make a stink. But this kind of protest -- outsiders who think they know best -- is exactly the opposite of what most Iranian women want, and is at the heart of what's worst about policing how Muslim women dress. -Azadeh Moaveni, New York Times - 10/9/16

Iran defeats Uzbekistan to move one step closer to 2018 World Cup

- Iran's national football team defeated Uzbekistan's national team 1-0 in Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent on Thursday October 6, 2016 in the third round qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Uzbekistan came into the match after 1-0 wins over Syria and Qatar, but thanks to Jalal Hosseini's 27' goal, Carlos Queiroz's team picked up their seventh point in three games to remain undefeated so far. - 10/7/16

Iranian Women Athletes Excluded from Bodybuilding

- Head of Iran's Bodybuilding Federation announced that women bodybuilders and their four male coaches who arranged for them to participate in international competitions have been suspended. The federation adds that it will adhere to the ruling of the court in this matter. - 10/6/16

Calls for chess boycott over Iran's hijab laws

- Calls for a boycott of next year's Women's World Chess Championship in Tehran, in protest at Iran's strict hijab laws, have prompted a big debate inside Iran in both the official and social media. -BBC - 10/5/16

Controversy erupts as soccer, religion clash in Iran

- Heated debate has erupted in Iran over the confluence of Tasua, one of the most significant holy days in the Shiite calendar, and the Oct. 11 Iran-South Korea football qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. -Misha Zand, Al-Monitor - 10/5/16

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016: Iran finish third after penalty shootout win over Portugal

- Iran's remarkable journey at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 ended on a high note, as they claimed third place after a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Portugal following a 2-2 draw in Cali on Saturday. The Iranians came from two goals down to take the third-place match to a dramatic penalty shootout, where six rounds of spot kicks were needed to decide the contest. - 10/2/16

Susan Polgar: Women Chess Players Need To Respect 'Cultural Differences'

- World's top chess official Susan Polgar says that the women players need to respect 'cultural differences' after many of the highest-ranking female players have called for a boycott of the next year's world championships in Iran. They are going to boycott the competition after being told that they'd need to compete wearing hijabs. - 10/2/16

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016: Russia outlast Iran to make final

- Russia booked their place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016 final after outlasting Iran 4-3 in Tuesday's semi-final in Medellin. Iran will play in Saturday's third-place match against the loser of Wednesday's semi-final, also in Cali. - 9/28/16

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016: Drama as Iran clinches win at the death to reach semifinals

- Iran clinched a FIFA Futsal World Cup semi-final place for the first time since 1992 as Ahmed Esmailpour struck deep into extra time to see off Paraguay 4-3 in an incredible climax during Bucaramanga's final game of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016. - 9/25/16

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016: Iran heads to quarterfinals after stunning win over Brazil

- Iran defied the odds against Brazil in a match that also defied belief. As expected, A Selecao controlled the early exchanges and went two goals up thanks to Falcao. The Asian champions quickly pulled a goal back and remained in contention through to the closing stages, eventually forcing extra time and penalties, where they finished the job off and ended an era. - 9/22/16

Tributes paid to late Iranian cyclist Golbarnezhad at Closing Ceremony Of 2016 Paralympics

- Athletes and spectators observed a minute of silence in memory of Iran's cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad who died after crashing in a road race during the Paralympic Games, during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday. - 9/19/16

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iran sitting volleyball crowned

- Iran's national team of sitting volleyball has been crowned as the gold medalist of Paralympic Games in Brazil. The Iranian outfit managed to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 at Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday, winning the prestigious gold for the sixth time in the Paralympics. - 9/19/16

Iranian Paralympic Cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad Dies Day Before Closing Ceremony

- A minute of silence will be held at the Sunday's 2016 Paralympic closing ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in honor of an Iranian cyclist who died in a road race on the penultimate day of the Rio Games. Bahman Golbarnezhad crashed in the C4-5 event at the first portion of the Grumari loop on a mountainous descent of the cycling course. - 9/18/16

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iran's sitting volleyball team cruises into final

- Iran's sitting volleyball players have managed to book a place in the final fixture of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, following a sweeping victory over the hosts. On Friday evening, the Iranian squad achieved a remarkable 3-0 win, with set scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-17, against the Brazilian side at the massive Riocentro - Pavilion 6 indoor stadium. - 9/17/16

Iranian Woman Archer Zahra Nemati Takes Paralympic Gold

- Iran won their second archery gold at Rio 2016 on Thursday (15 September), after Zahra Nemati claimed the women's individual recurve open title. "There was just a feeling that I had that I knew I was going to win today," Nemati said. "That's why I was very calm and relaxed. I just knew I could do it. - 9/16/16

World's Strongest Paralympian: Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rahman breaks world record

- Iran's heavyweight powerlifting champion Siamand Rahman has smashed three world records and won the gold medal at the Rio Paralympics. In his first attempt in the +107kg category, Siamand Rahman lifted 270 kilograms and broke the Paralympics record at Rio's Riocentro Pavilion 2 on Wednesday. - 9/16/16

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iran's Sareh Javanmardi wins 2nd shooting gold medal

- Iranian female sports shooter Sareh Javanmardi has received a second gold medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. -On Wednesday, the 31-year-old sportswoman participated in P4 mixed 50-meter pistol SH1 competitions at the Olympic Shooting Center in the western Rio neighborhood of Deodoro. She racked up 189.5 points to claim the top position and finish as champion. - 9/15/16

Iran sitting volleyball defeats Ukraine to book a place at Paralympics semis

- Iran's sitting volleyball team defeated Ukraine 3-0 (25-22, 28-26, 25-20) in Pool B of the 2016 Paralympic Games. Hadi Rezaei's team has been scheduled to face host Brazil on Friday. - 9/15/16

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iranian archer Gholamreza Rahimi grabs the gold

- Iranian Paralympic archer Gholamreza Rahimi has collected another gold medal for the Iran at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On Tuesday, Rahimi recorded an impressive performance in the final match of men's individual recurve section - 9/14/16

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iranian athletes collect four more medals

- Iranian sportsmen have collected four medals, including two golds, at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On Monday, Majid Farzin took part in the men's minus 80-kilogram Group A competitions of the tournament at the 6500-seat indoor Riocentro-Pavilion 2 arena, and raised 240 kilograms overhead to stand atop the podium. - 9/13/16

FIFA Futsal World Cup: Spain defeats Iran 5-1

- Iran men's national futsal team has sustained a stinging defeat at the preliminary round of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Futsal World Cup in Colombia, slumping to two-time world champions Spain. - 9/13/16

Iranian Women Stoke Surfing Revolution

- An intrepid group of women is riding the waves of change in deeply conservative Iran. "We said, 'Let's make a surf culture here and we can make it grow into a surf school and it can grow bigger and bigger and bigger,'" the 32-year-old events manager Mona Seraji told NBC News. "I was really into surfing my entire life. What could be better than that?" - 9/12/16

Rio 2016 Paralympics: Iran's Sareh Javanmardi Dodmani wins historic gold at women shooting event

- Javanmardi made history by becoming Iran's first ever female gold medallist in shooting para-sport winning the P2 (women's 10m air pistol SH1) event. "I am very happy that I could get the very first quota for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the very first gold medal for my delegation," said Javanmardi Dodmani. - 9/10/16

2018 FIFA World Cup: Iran, China play out goalless draw in qualifier match

- Iran's national football team, known domestically as Team Melli, has played out a goalless draw against China in its second encounter at the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament. - 9/7/16

Iran thrashes Qatar 2-0 in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier

- Iran's national football team, also known as Team Melli, has achieved a surprise victory over Qatar in its opening match at the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament. - 9/2/16

PHOTOS: Iran opens doors to women motorcyclists

- The Motorcycle and Automobile Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MAFIRI) has allowed the Iranian women to take part at the motocross race. Mahmoud Seydanlou, the head of Iran's Motorcycle and Automobile Federation, paid tribute to the motorcyclists women at the Azadi complex motocross race in Tehran. - 8/30/16

Iran World Cup qualifier slogan: "All Iranians for Team Melli"

- Iran national football team revealed its slogan ahead of the Qatar match, scheduled for Thursday. Team Melli will host the Qatari football team in Group A of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 8/30/16

Iran crowned Continental Beach Soccer Tournament champion

- Iran became the champion of the Continental Beach Soccer Tournament Ordos on Thursday, following an impressive win over 2015 Asian champion Oman. - 8/26/16

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