Aban 1 1400 - October 23 2021
For Tehran golfers 13th hole is lucky, but for how long?

Currently hosting Iran's national championship, the Enghelab golf course has only 13 holes, not 18 like at major country clubs elsewhere. When the course was built decades ago it had five more holes but over the years the fairways have been eaten away by development. Tehran's tiny contingent of players feel lucky that they still have 13, but are fearful even more of the course may disappear. -AFP 10/22/21

Iran women's ice hockey team defeat Russia in Dubai tournament

Iranian women's ice hockey team passed Russia in their second match in the UAE tournament. The Iranian national women's ice hockey team won against the powerful Russian team in their second match on Tuesday. 10/20/21

Jardim hails 'fantastic' Al Hilal, Persepolis' Golmohammadi apologises for defeat

Al Hilal SFC head coach Leonardo Jardim hailed his side's display as they brushed aside Persepolis FC 3-0 to reach the 2021 AFC Champions League semi-finals on Saturday. \A second-half brace from Bafetimbi Gomis added to Salem Al Dawsari's fine strike in the first half to help the 2019 champions set up a clash with domestic rivals Al Nassr on Tuesday with a place in the final at stake. -AFC 10/18/21

Iran, Korea Republic settle for share of points

Tehran: Alireza Jahanbakhsh's 76th-minute equaliser ensured Islamic Republic of Iran retained top spot of Group A after a 1-1 draw in their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar clash against Korea Republic on Tuesday. -AFC 10/13/21

Oklahoma State vs Iowa and USA vs Iran To Dual Side By Side On Feb. 12

Wrestling fans will be treated to a unique doubleheader in one of the premier wrestling events of the year on February 12, 2022. Details of Bout at the Ballpark which will include dual matches between Oklahoma State University and the University of Iowa and senior national teams from the United States and Iran were announced today by REV Entertainment, which will host and operate the event. -FloWrestling 10/13/21

Iran's women football fans snubbed in closed-door S Korea match

Iranian sport officials have contradicted each other on why spectators were banned during a crucial match in Tehran. When the football federation announced two days before the Iran, South Korea football match that spectators would not be allowed in, it prompted a social media response from people who said the move may have been aimed at preventing women from entering the stadium. -Al Jazeera 10/13/21

Iranian woman Jamali makes history in Youth World Weightlifting Championships

Yekta Jamali of Iran made history in the 2021 Youth World Weightlifting Championships by winning a silver medal in the -81kg weight category in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It's Iran's first silver medal in the women's weightlifting in history. -Tehran Times 10/12/21

Women Handball: Norway will face Iran at the World Cup

When the Norwegian handball players fight for gold at the World Cup in Spain in December, they have to face an unprecedented opponent. In the second game they meet a completely covered Iranian national team. And the Norwegian handball girls know very little about their future opponent. 10/12/21

Greco-Roman wrestler Mohammadreza Geraei grabs Iran's fourth gold at worlds

Mohammadreza Geraei won Iran's fourth gold medal in the 2021 World Wrestling Championships on Sunday. The Greco-Roman wrestler defeated Nazir Abdullaev from Russian Wrestling Federation 5-2 in the final bout of 67kg. -Tehran Times 10/11/21

Van Marwijk vows UAE will soldier on, Skocic delighted with Iran's resilience

United Arab Emirates boss Bert van Marwijk urged his players to keep fighting after they suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Iran in their latest AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar clash on Thursday. While solitary Mehdi Taremi goal in the 70th minute took Team Melli a step closer to a return to the FIFA World Cup, UAE now find themselves seven points behind the group leaders and five adrift of second placed Korea Republic after three of 10 matches. -AFC 10/8/21

These Women Are Reclaiming a Male-Dominated National Sport in Iran

With quiet and unflinching concentration, she sways the heavy iron bow from side to side. The rhythmic and unyielding movement of her arms is controlled yet powerful. Magnetic, even. The bow's dangling coins unleash a euphoric symphony of chiming sounds just to keep up with her. Rayeheh Mozafariyan is an athlete and activist who practices Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh, a 2000-year-old Iranian sport originally practised by warriors. -VICE 10/5/21

Ghasempour wins Iran's third gold at World Wrestling Championships

Kamran Ghasempour won Iran's third gold medal in the 2021 World Wrestling Championships. He defeated Russian wrestler Magomed Kurbanov 8-4 in the final bout of 92kg. Bronze medal went to Azerbaijan's Osman Nurmagomedov and J'den Cox from the U.S. -Tehran Times 10/5/21

Weightlifting: Iran's women outnumber men at Youth World Championships

Iran is breaking new ground by sending more women than men to the championships, eight compared to six. Iran's Islamic rulers did not allow women to compete in the sport until 2018 but the National Federation's female development programme has already had a notable success. -Inside The Games 10/5/21

#WrestleOslo: Yazdani Finally Upends Taylor, Takes 86kg Gold on Monumental Day for Iran

There would be no last-minute comeback this time. Hassan YAZDANI (IRI), so unbeatable against everyone else, could finally walk off the mat a winner over rival David TAYLOR (USA) for the first time in four career clashes. The vocal contingent of Iranian fans were also sent into a frenzy when rising star Amir ZARE claimed the 125kg title, having earlier seen Iran gain finalists in all four weight classes that got underway Sunday, including Yazdani's cousin Amir YAZDANI. -United World Wrestling 10/4/21

From battling Premier League relegation to eyeing Eredivisie glory, Alireza Jahanbakhsh wants to deliver for Feyenoord

Even though Iran has had no shortage of successful footballing exports, Feyenoord's Alireza Jahanbakhsh is venturing where none of his compatriots have gone. Or anyone from his continent for that matter. It was never going to be easy to surpass Iranian icons like Ali Daei -- who was the leading scorer in men's international football until recently being surpassed by a certain Cristiano Ronaldo -- or Mehdi Mahdavikia, who made 253 appearances in the German Bundesliga and was named in Hamburg's Team of the Century in 2012. -Gabriel Tan, ESPN 10/1/21

Volleyball: Iran first in Pool G

Iran topped the chart in Pool G after winning over Thailand on the last day of second-round play. In a battle for the first place in the, the Asian team proved better in straight sets. Earlier on Wednesday, Egypt recorded their first victory at the U21 World Championship, a four-set win over Morocco. Both Egypt and Morocco will play in the playoffs for 12th place. -Volleyball World 9/30/21

Iran and Thailand to play in ninth-place playoffs

Iran, 2019 U21 champions, recorded their second victory (3-0 against Morocco) in the second round of FIVB Volleyball U21 Men's World Championship 2021, and will battle in the playoffs for the ninth pace. The Iranians are currently top of the chart in Pool G, Thailand, who disappointed Egypt on Tuesday again, this time around winning by 3-1, will join Iran in progressing in the competition. -Volleyball World 9/29/21

Iran's FIFA Futsal World Cup dream ended by Kazakhstan fightback

Iran's FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 campaign came to an end following a 3-2 defeat to Kazakhstan in their quarter-final on Monday. Kazakhstan fought back from two goals down to advance to the semi-finals as Iran's bid to better their third-placed finish of five years ago was halted at the Kaunas Arena. -AFC 9/28/21

Thailand, Iran gain victories in Pool G

At the start of the second round of the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship, Thailand recorded their second victory at the competition, this time against Morocco. In the other Pool G fixture of the day, Iran outclassed the team of Egypt, grabbing the three points. -Volleyball World 9/28/21

Iran finish fourth in 2021 Asian Women's Handball C'ship

Iran lost to Kazakhstan 38-33 in the 2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship third-place match on Saturday. The Iranian team have already booked their place at the 2021 World Women's Handball Championship in Spain as one of the top six Asian teams. -Tehran Times 9/27/21

Argentina prevail over defending champs Iran

Defending champions Iran didn't make it among the best eight teams of the 2021 FIVB Men's U21 World Championship, as on Friday they lost another five-setter, this time around against Argentina. The South Americans join Belgium into the the upper half of the tournament bracket for the next phase of the competition. -Volleyball World 9/25/21

Volleyball: Belgium surprise defending champions Iran

Argentina and Belgium started their FIVB Volleyball U21 Men's World Championship Pool C journey on a positive note, beating the teams of Morocco and Iran, respectively. While the Argentinians' win came after a clear domination by the South Americans, Belgium and Iran delivered a great show at the Pallazetto dello sport in Carbonia. 9/24/21

Iran unable to advance to 2021 Asian Women's Handball C'ship final

Iran lost to powerhouse South Korea 46-21 on Thursday and failed to qualify for the final match of the 2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship. Iran will play Kazakhstan, who lost to Japan 38-24 in the same round, in the bronze medal match on Saturday. -Tehran Times 9/24/21

Women's handball's success can motivate Iranian girls: coach

Nashmin Shafeian, coach of Iran women's handball team, hopes that their qualification to the world championship will motivate the young girls interested in handball to follow their dreams with eagerness. Iranian women made history in the 2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship by advancing to the semifinals of the 2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship underway in Jordan. -Farrokh Hesabi, Tehran Times 9/23/21

Elnaz Rekabi: First Iranian woman to win a medal at IFSC World Championships

Elnaz Rekabi from Iran became the first woman in the country to win a medal at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Championships. Rekabi won the bronze medal at the Women's Combined. Austrian climber Jessica Pilz won the gold medal and the silver medal went to Slovenian Mia Krampl. 9/22/21

AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers - Group G: IR Iran defeat Bangladesh to set up decider with Jordan

Iran are one victory away from qualifying for their first ever AFC Women's Asian Cup, after defeating Bangladesh 5-0 at Bunyodkor Stadium on Wednesday. The win brought Maryam Irandoost's side level with Jordan at the top of Group G, with the winners of Saturday's clash between the two sides to decide who advances to January's Finals in India. -AFC 9/22/21

Iran push Argentina to the edge in FIFA Futsal World Cup showdown

Iran finished second in Group F of the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 after a narrow 2-1 defeat to defending champions Argentina on Monday. The 12-time Asian champions, who finished third in the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup, will face regional rivals Uzbekistan in the Round of 16. -AFC 9/21/21

Iran defeats Japan to win Asian Volleyball Championship

Iran defeated Japan 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 31-29) on Sunday to win the 21st Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship. After the poor performance in the 2020 Olympic Games, Iran participated in the Asian championship with the young players. 9/20/21

Iran Futsal Team Should Think Of Podium: Expert

Iran started the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup with a hard-fought win against Serbia in Group F on Tuesday. Reza Naseri, Iranian former futsal player and current coach, commented on the performance of the Iran national futsal team in their first game in Lithuania. Iran defeated Serbia in Group F 3-2 Tuesday night. 9/16/21

Persepolis' Golmohammadi delighted to pass AFC Champions League test against Istiklol

Dushanbe: Persepolis FC head coach Yahya Golmohammadi praised his players after they defied a near-full Central Republican Stadium to defeat Tajik champions Istiklol in the 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday. With more than 17,000 fans desperate to see the hosts continue their fairy tale run in their debut campaign, Persepolis held their nerve to navigate a tricky period before half-time, before Mahdi Torabi's last-minute winner sent them to the last eight. -AFC 9/15/21

Al Hilal defeat Esteghlal to book 2021 AFC Champions League quarter-final ticket

Al Hilal SFC became the first team to advance to the last eight of the 2021 AFC Champions League, scoring either side of half-time to defeat Esteghlal FC 2-0 in Monday's Round of 16 clash. -AFC 9/14/21

2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16: 5 Things To Look Out For

The 16 remaining sides in the 2021 AFC Champions League will battle it out for a place in quarter-finals in the coming days with eight matches scheduled between Monday and Wednesday as the competition enters its one-legged knockout round format. -AFC 9/13/21

Five Takeaways from the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Matchday Two

The AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar continued on Tuesday with six matches across the two groups to conclude the first window of games and there was plenty of action to dissect. Iran go into the next window in October as Group A leaders, two points ahead of Korea Republic, while it is neck and neck in Group B with both Australia and Saudi Arabia getting off to a perfect start to lead with six points each. -AFC 9/9/21

AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: IR Iran impress in victory over Iraq

Islamic Republic of Iran recorded a comfortable 3-0 win against Iraq on Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Group A to keep up their 100 percent record on Tuesday. Having won their opening fixture, IR Iran looked to consolidate their position at the top of Group A going into the next international break at Iraq's expense, something they fully achieved in both the result and performance. -AFC 9/8/21

Iran finish 2020 Paralympics in 13th place

Iran delegation came 13th in the 2020 Paralympic Games with a total of 12 gold medals. The Iranian para athletes won historic 12 gold medals as well as 11 silvers and one bronze. Iran sent 62 athletes to Tokyo in 10 sports. -Tehran Times 9/7/21

Hassan Yazdani and David Taylor rivalry to get a new chapter at Wrestling World Championships

Olympic medalist Hassan Yazdani will be part of Iran's freestyle squad for the Wrestling World Championships. The silver medalist will be competing in the 86 kg weight category and will eye revenge against Olympic champion David Taylor of the USA. The glorious rivalry will get a new chapter written in Oslo, Norway when the two take to the mat. -Sportskeeda 9/7/21

Zenit St Petersburg turned down Tottenham offer for Sardar Azmoun, confirms striker

Zenit St Petersburg received a number of offers for their star striker Sardar Azmoun over the summer, including from Tottenham, but the prolific forward has confirmed that they were all rejected and he will see out his contract in Russia. The Iran international is wanted by clubs across Europe after a fine run of goal-scoring form over the last three years. -Metro, UK 9/7/21

Nazemosharia: We're a force to be reckoned with

Having taken Iranian futsal to new heights at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Colombia 2016, Mohammad Nazemosharia is determined to kick on. The architect of Team Melli's third-place finish five years ago - the best ever by an Asian side - he is planning another stellar showing at Lithuania 2021. -FIFA 9/6/21

AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Jahanbakhsh secures IR Iran victory over Syria

Jahanbakhsh broke the deadlock with a deflected strike in the 56th minute, with three points in Group A Team Melli's reward for breaking down Nizar Mahrous' side on a night where clear-cut chances were few and far between. The Iranians will have the chance to make it two wins from two when they face Iraq in Doha on Tuesday, while Syria will have the opportunity to bounce back against the United Arab Emirates in Amman. -AFC 9/3/21

Nemati wins women's individual recurve archery gold for third time at Tokyo 2020

Iran's Zahra Nemati won her third individual recurve gold medal at her third consecutive Games, with a 6-5 victory over Italian Vincenza Petrilli at the Yumenoshima Final Field at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics here. She became the third Iranian woman to win gold at Tokyo 2020, breaking the record for female Iranian gold medallists at a Paralympics. -Inside the Games 9/2/21

An unforgettable day for Iran's Hashemiyeh Motaghian Moavi

It was a day that Iranian Para athlete Hashemiyeh Motaghian Moavi had been dreaming about for years. The 35-year-old set an example for women in the country by clinching gold in the javelin F56 at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with a World record throw of 24.50m. -Paralympic.org 9/1/21

World's second-tallest man chasing gold for Iran at the Paralympics

There are nearly 8 billion people in the world. The second tallest of them all is an Iranian man in Tokyo spending most of his time sitting on a Paralympic volleyball court. Meet Morteza Mehrzad, whose sitting volleyball team will play in their semi-final against Bosnia Herzegovina on Thursday. -Tom Decent, SMH 9/1/21

Afrooz adds to Iran's Paralympics gold medal tally

Javelin thrower Saeid Afrooz gave Iran a gold medal on Day 8 of the 2020 Paralympic Games. The Iranian won the gold in the men's javelin F-34 with a throw of 40.05 meters. Afrooz's gold was Iran's eighth gold medal in the Games. -Tehran Times 9/1/21

Champion Javanmardi claims back-to-back title

The P2 women's event was a straightforward affair for Iran's Sareh Javanmardi as she backed up her gold from Rio 2016. Javanmardi took an early lead, and never looked back. "I dedicated everything to hard training, and 95 per cent of the time I dedicated to sport," the Iranian said of giving up family time to focus on shooting. -Paralympic.org 8/31/21

Vahid Nouri claims historic judo victory for Iran

Iran's World Championships bronze medallist Vahid Nouri won Iran's first Paralympic judo gold in the men's up to 90kg. Nouri just caught Great Britain's Elliot Stewart with a neat sweep of his foot for ippon in the final. -Judo Inside 8/30/21

Rohallah Rostami seals first gold for Iran at Tokyo Paralympics

Rouhollah Rostami picked up Iran's first Paralympic gold at the Tokyo Games, blowing away the competition in the men's -80kg Powerlifting competition. Having set a new world record in May, the 32-year-old was the clear favourite, and didn't fail to impress finishing the meet with his biggest lift 19kg heavier than Xiaofei Gu of China who took silver, and 22kg ahead of Mohamed Elefat of Egypt, who claimed bronze. -The National 8/29/21

Powerlifter Jafari wins Iran's first medal at Tokyo 2020

Powerlifter Amir Jafari Arangeh claimed a silver medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games on Friday. He lifted 195kg in the men's -65kg at the Tokyo International Forum. 8/27/21

AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Iran

Over the coming days, the-AFC.com will break down each of the 12 nations still standing, their key men and what it all means in the context of history as they vie for a ticket to the greatest show on earth. A true powerhouse of the Asian game, Iran are targeting a third successive FIFA World Cup appearance and their exceptional strike force makes them one of the favourites to qualify. -AFC 8/25/21

West Islanders adopt Iranian world champion wrestler

World class wrestling champion, Seyed Mostafa Salehizadeh came to Montreal in 2019 to train at TriStar gym... Alone in Canada, faced with the Covid-19 crisis shortly after his arrival, he was informally adopted by his manager, Robbie Stein's mother, Sandra Laxer-Stein as the two refer to each other as mother and son. -The Suburban 8/20/21

While German gymnasts are praised, Muslim women are scorned for modest dress

As a Muslim woman and feminist, I am both happy and puzzled by the generous outpouring of support for the German women's gymnastics team at the Olympics. Rather than the usual uniform of bikini-cut leotards, they opted for full-body leotards, which cover their legs and ankles. The team spoke confidently of spearheading gender reform in athletics globally, as women athletes assert control in decisions relating to their bodies and attire. -Shabana Mir, MEE 8/13/21

Iranian woman climber Jafari killed in Kyrgyzstan

Iranian woman climber Mehri Jafari was killed at the Peak Pobeda in Kyrgyzstan. She was last seen on Wednesday, descending from an altitude of 6,000m. It is believed that another Iranian climber, Saeid Mirzaei, was ahead of Jafari on Peak Pobeda, though his status is not currently known. -Tehran Times 8/10/21

Brutal KO kick leads to Olympics disqualification of would-be winner in karate gold medal match

Iran's Sajad Ganjzadeh faced off with Saudi Arabia's Tareg Hamedi in the men's 75-kilogram kumite final. Karate athletes competed in individual demonstrations called kata and one-on-one combat called kumite. Leading the match 4-1, Hamedi landed a violent kick to Ganjzadeh's head, leaving the Iranian unconscious on the mat. -Yahoo 8/9/21

Iran comes 27th at Tokyo 2020, two places behind Rio 2016

Iran finished in the 27th place at the 2020 Olympic Games, while the country had come 25th in the previous edition in Rio. The Iranian athletes claimed seven medals - three golds, two silvers, two bronzes - one silver more and two bronze medals less than Rio. -Tehran Times 8/9/21

Iran's freestyle wrestler Zare takes bronze medal: Tokyo 2020

Amirhossein Zare from Iran claimed a bronze medal in the men's freestyle 125 kg of the 2020 Olympic Games on Friday. Zare defeated Chinese wrestler Deng Zhiwei 5-0 and won the bronze medal. -Tehran Times 8/6/21

'Magic Man' David Taylor secures USA wrestling gold over Iran's Hassan Yazdani with dramatic late rally

Before Thursday, David Taylor's resume had it all. With one glaring hole. After a late rally against Iran's Hassan Yazdani in Thursday's 86kg freestyle final, he can call himself Olympic champion. All thanks to perhaps the biggest magic trick of his career. Taylor overcame an early 2-0 deficit and a 3-2 hole in the match's final 20 seconds to secure the 4-3 victory and a spot atop the medal podium. -Yahoo 8/5/21

Wrestler Geraei wins Iran's second gold medal at Tokyo 2020

Mohammadreza Geraei won Iran's second gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He defeated Ukraine's Parviz Nasibov 9-1 in the men's Greco-Roman 67kg final bout. -Tehran Times 8/4/21

Tokyo 2020: Iran weightlifter Davoudi snatches silver

Iranian weightlifter Ali Davoudi won a silver medal at the +109kg weight class of the 2020 Olympic Games on Wednesday. He lifted a total weight of 441kg. His snatch lift was 200kg, with the clean and jerk of 241kg. -Tehran Times 8/4/21

From Iran To Arizona To Tokyo: The Journey Of Paralympian Shahrad Nasajpour

As the Olympics in Tokyo wind down in about a week, the Paralympics are just around the corner. Later this month, the Paralympic Games will showcase some of the world's top athletes who live with disabilities. One team competing in the games is the Refugee Paralympic Team, which debuted in 2016 in Rio -wbur 8/3/21

Iran volleyball knocked out of Tokyo Olympics

Iran national volleyball teal lost to Japan 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 29-31, 25-22,15-13) on Sunday and bade farewell to the 2020 Olympic Games. Nishida Yuji led the Japanese team with 30 points, while Meysam Salehi scored 26 points for Iran. -Tehran Times 8/2/21

France moves on, 'sad' Iran heads home in men's basketball

Arsalan Kazemi spoke sadly and not because his Olympics were over. It's because Iran was never really ready when they started. France is moving on and Iran is headed home in men's basketball, with the French easing to a 79-62 victory Saturday. -AP 7/31/21

Iran crowned Continental Futsal Championship winners

Iran defeated Thailand 5-1 on Friday to win the Continental Futsal Championship. Alireza Rafieipour and Behzad Azimi each scored two goals and Farhad Tavakoli also scored a goal against the hosts in the final. 7/30/21

'We wish that was real life': USA and Iran unite on Tokyo basketball court

It was not so much the Great Satan. More the Great Love In. And over two enjoyable hours at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball teams of the United States and Islamic Republic of Iran gave a salutary lesson in harmony, decency and class to many of their political leaders over the past 42 years. -Sean Ingle, Guardian 7/29/21

Iranian Battles Iranian Refugee At The Tokyo Olympics

It was a bittersweet moment for many Iranians. Kimia Alizadeh, an Iranian taekwondo fighter, beat her opponent, also from Iran, at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Alizadeh, who emigrated to Europe in 2020 after criticizing the oppression of women in the Islamic republic, represented the Refugee Team while her opponent and former teammate, Nahid Kiayani, was fighting for their home country of Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE 7/29/21

Basketball diplomacy: US, Iran meet on court at Tokyo Games

The Americans applauded the Iranian national anthem. The Iranians applauded the U.S. anthem. There were a few handshakes before, plenty more handshakes after, and words of sportsmanship between the sides throughout the game. For two hours, it was basketball diplomacy. -Tim Reynolds, AP 7/28/21

Canada cruises past Iran for 1st men's volleyball victory in Tokyo

Canada's men's volleyball team picked up an easy 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Iran, keeping its playoff hopes alive with its first win of the Olympics on Wednesday in Tokyo. Despite Iran entering with momentum, the Canadians maintained control of the match from start to finish. -CBC 7/28/21

Freedom-flavoured silver medal for Iranian-born judoka competing for Mongolia

Saeid Mollaei, an Iranian-born judoka now competing for Mongolia, has won the silver medal for his sport at the Tokyo Games. Mollaei left his country and became a naturalised Mongolian citizen after Iran effectively prohibited him from facing an Israeli opponent in 2019. -France 24 7/28/21

US and Iran to play in basketball at Tokyo Olympics

The United States and Iran will face off in basketball at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday. The American and Iranian men's national basketball teams are in the same group for the early round of the global competition, and will play one another in each team's second Olympic match. -Al Monitor 7/27/21

Kimia Alizadeh: Iranian defector from Olympic Refugee Team stuns two-time Olympic taekwondo champion

An Iranian taekwondo athlete competing for the Refugee Olympic Team made her mark at Tokyo 2020 after she defeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones. Kimia Alizadeh beat Team Great Britain's Jones 16-12 on Sunday in the women's -57kg taekwondo round of 16. She then overcame China's Lijun Zhou in the quarterfinals before losing to Turkey's Hatice Kubra Ilgun in the bronze medal match. -CNN 7/26/21

Iran hails Guards nurse's golden shot in Tokyo

Iran on Sunday celebrated 41-year-old Javad Foroughi, a Republican Guards hospital nurse, who won gold in the 10m air pistol to become the Islamic republic's oldest and newest Olympic champion. Foroughi, who survived Covid-19 in the Middle East's worst-hit country, on Saturday became Iran's first medal winner in any shooting event at the Olympics. -AFP 7/26/21

Iranian rower Malaei steals the show

Iranian rower Nazanin Malaei advanced to the semifinals round of the women's single sculls at the 2020 Olympic Games. She caused something of a surprise by pushing into third to qualify for the semis. -Tehran Times 7/26/21

Israeli coach of Czech basketball team, Iran counterpart shake hands at Olympics

The Israeli coach of the Czech Republic's national men's basketball team shook hands with his Iranian counterpart, Mehran Shahintab, during the Olympics tournament Sunday, in a rare exchange between members of the hostile nations. "I shook his hand before the game started, and at the end, we also talked a bit about basketball," Ronen Ginzburg told the Ynet news site. -Times of Israel 7/26/21

Iran look to improve position on medals table at Tokyo

With top-notch Paralympic and World champions in their ranks, Team I.R. Iran would be looking to improve their position on the medal standings as they prepare to field one of their biggest delegations at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. -Paralympic.org 7/23/21

Refugee defector from Iran to face Iranian at Tokyo Olympics

A defector from Iran who competes in taekwondo for the refugee team at the Tokyo Olympics was drawn on Thursday to face an Iranian opponent in the qualifying round. Kimia Alizadeh, who left Iran citing institutional sexism, will face Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in the 57-kilogram class on Sunday. -AP 7/22/21

Weights Not Burdens: The Status of Women in Sports in Iran

For women in sports, overcoming social stigma is as much a part of the game as any technique to be mastered. "She who lifts weights is no woman," said veteran Iranian actor Dariush Arjmand in a televised interview in May. To Arjmand, female weightlifters are unworthy of motherhood and can not be considered real women as their weightlifting puts their femininity in danger. -Tara Jamali, Ms 7/21/21

Iran's 'Wind girl' at the Olympics

Farzaneh Fasihi is an Iranian sprinter. She represented her country at more than 10 competitions both outdoor and indoor Asian Athletics Championships. Fasihi is the Iranian record holder of the 60 metres indoor with 7.25 seconds. She is the ninth Iranian female athlete to qualify for Olympics, signaling a change in the way Tehran perceives women in sports. -WION 7/15/21

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