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Iranian Football Fans Clash With Police In Tehran, Crowds Chant Opposition Slogans

- Reports from Iran indicate an "intense clash" between security forces and angry fans attending a football match in Tehran on Friday. Reports from Tehran also say thousands of football fans at Tehran's Azadi Stadium chanted anti-government slogans in the course of the clash which appeared to be not politically motivated in the first place. - 8/11/18

Iran will not wear Adidas at AFC Asian Cup

- Iran national football team players will not wear Adidas after the German sportswear manufacturer has decided to deny Iran with access to its services. Adidas has decided to follow in Nike's footsteps. Nike, who was set to sponsor Team Melli with cleats and footwear throughout the 2018 World Cup, announced that it had withdrawn its support of the team because of global economic sanctions against the country. - 7/30/18

Iran Crowned Asian U20 Volleyball Champion

- Iran swept past South Korea in straight sets (25-22, 25-14, 25-18) in the final match of the 2018 Asian Men's U20 Volleyball Championship on Saturday. Iran and South Korea had already secured their places in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship. - 7/29/18

Iran's President Rouhani Renews Calls For Women's Access To Stadium

- Responding to a report filed by his cabinet's sports minister, President Hassan Rouhani has suggested that women's access to Tehran's main stadium, Azadi, should continue. Meanwhile, the general manager of Azadi (Freedom) stadium, Nasser Mahmoudifar, who let Iranian women enter the arena after almost four decades of being banned, says he has been fired for doing so. - 7/17/18

Iranian powerlifter Mohammad Reiesi establishes new world record

- Iranian powerlifter Mohammad Reiesi has set a new aggregate record in the 84-kilogram weight class of the World University Powerlifting Cup in the Czech Republic, improving the previous record by nearly 20 kilograms. - 7/13/18

Iranian boy meets his favorite soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh

- A young Iranian boy, who had been photographed wearing a white shirt with a paper tag bearing the name of professional Iranian footballer Alireza Jahanbakhsh Jirandeh on, has finally come face-to-face with his idol. - 7/11/18

It's Raining Iranian Men, Hallelujah

- The World Cup ended for the Iranian national team last week but not before the rest of the world took note of its physical prowess off the field. Images of the team went viral after a suggestive tweet, followed by a breathless report in a British tabloid. Major media outlets picked up the pictures of the well-groomed men and their tailored suits, and Buzzfeed ran a roll call of the squad's most prepossessing members. -Shervin Malekzadeh - 7/6/18

Iran: Progress on Ban for Women at Stadiums

- Iranian authorities and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) should ensure that women and girls can freely attend all future men's sports matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 20 and 25, 2018, the authorities opened Azadi stadium's doors to women and men to watch a live screening of the last two games of Iran's national football team at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/29/18

Climbers for Peace trio bound for volcanic peak in Iran

- Three Santa Rosa men are embarking today on a mission to climb a world-famous mountain and promote peace in a land many Americans would consider off limits. Their goal is to stand at the summit of Mount Damavand on July 7. At 18,605 feet, it's the highest volcano in Asia and rated the 12th most prominent peak in the world. -The Press Democrat - 6/29/18

World Cup 2018: Iran shines against Portugal but fails to reach knockout stage

- Portugal advanced to the World Cup round of 16 behind Spain from Group B after a Ricardo Quaresma strike was cancelled out by a stoppage-time penalty by Iran's Karim Ansarifard after Cristiano Ronaldo had himself missed from the spot. - 6/26/18

'Victory' For Iranian Women But Loss For Team At Last World Cup Game

- Iranian women have scored another victory as they publicly viewed a World Cup game for only the second time in 40 years, but their team was eliminated from the tournament partly as a result of controversial decisions by referees in a game against Portugal. -RFE/RL - 6/26/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran beats Germany, gains 3rd consecutive win

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has overpowered Germany for the third straight victory at the fifth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. The Iranian outfit managed to beat the German side 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-11) at the end of a Pool 19 match played at the Azadi Indoor Stadium in western Tehran on Sunday evening. - 6/25/18

Hardline Iranian Prosecutor Lashes Out As Women Demand Presence In Stadiums

- Iran's hardline Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri denounced the presence of women in Tehran's main football stadium Azadi saying he was "ashamed" of telling what has taken place there. On June 20, Iranian women were allowed, for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to watch a televised match of their national team against Spain at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/25/18

Portugal Is My Greatest Match Ever: Iran's Coach Carlos Queiroz

- Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz says Team Melli match against Portugal is his greatest match ever in his seven-year spell in Iran. Despite their defeat against La Roja, Iran's fate is still in their own hands. Whatever happens in Spain's final group match against Morocco, the Iranians know that a win over Portugal will see them into the round of 16. - 6/24/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran overcomes Bulgaria

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has registered its second consecutive victory at the fifth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League, defeating the Bulgarian squad. The Iranian squad defeated Bulgaria 3-1 (25-22, 25-15, 23-25 and 25-14) in a Pool 19 fixture staged at the Azadi Indoor Stadium in western Tehran on Saturday evening. - 6/24/18

World Cup 2018: Can miracle happen for Iran?

- It would be fairly hard, but not impossible, for Iran to progress further the 2018 World Cup. It all depends on Iran's Team Melli overcoming Ronaldo-spirited Portugal at the Mordovia Arena, Saransk. One scenario could be that on Monday Iranians take to the streets to celebrate their national team progress to the Round of 16 for the first time. However, everybody knows how good Portugal are. We all also know full well what awaits us in case Team Melli beat the European giants. - 6/24/18

Iranian Women Can Still Celebrate Despite Team's World Cup Loss

- Iran's soccer team suffered a defeat on June 20, but women in the country still had reason to celebrate after they were allowed to attend a sporting event at a stadium for the first time in nearly 40 years. The World Cup match, which resulted in a 1-0 loss to Spain, took place in the Russian city of Kazan, but Iranian women were able to attend a public viewing of the game in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. - 6/22/18

World Cup: Lucky Diego Costa goal sees Spain past tenacious Iran

- A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although tenacious Iran came close to causing a major upset on Wednesday. -The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16. - 6/21/18

Iran to sue U.S. over FBI's mistreatment of Iranian volleyball players

- President of Iran Volleyball Federation said that they will sue US over FBI's mistreating Iranian volleyball players. Last week, Iran went to USA's Chicago to hold three matches in FIVB Volleyball Nation's League (VNL). Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated Iranian players upon their arrival to US and kept the team in a small room for three hours before allowing them to pass. Also, US had refused to issue visas for some of team members, including team supervisor Amir Sarkhosh. - 6/19/18

World Cup: Iran's Coach Queiroz hits out at critics after win over Morocco

- Iran national football team coach Carlos Queiroz has hit out at critics after win over Morocco in their World Cup opener. Team Melli edged past Morocco in Group B thanks to an injury time goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz. - 6/18/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: US defeats Iran in 3 sets in Chicago

- In a crowded stadium in Chicago where Iranians were loud and jubilant, team US hosts managed to defeat their guests from Iran in three consecutive sets. In a close first set the US defeated Iran 29-27 to take the early lead. In the second set, the US squad gained a 25-20 victory over Iran and the third set was once again tight, ending in a 26-24 victory for the US team. - 6/18/18

World Cup 2018: Iran earn late win over Morocco

- Iran national football team defeated Morocco 1-0 thanks to an own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz here in injury time in Group B of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday. Bouhaddouzm who came off the bench as Ayoub El Kaabi's replacement, headed the ball into his own goal from a free-kick. - 6/16/18

Iranian Fans Celebrate Dramatic Late Victory Over Morocco In World Cup Opener

- Iran has scored a dramatic victory over Morocco at the World Cup in Russia, spurring thousands of fans back home to pour onto the streets to celebrate the second-ever victory for the country in soccer's centerpiece event. - 6/16/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League:: Iran storms past Poland

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has upset world powerhouse Poland to achieve its first victory at the fourth week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. On Friday evening, the Iranian squad defeated the Biało-Czerwoni Orzeł 3-0 (26-24, 26-24 and 25-22) at the end of a Pool 15 fixture played at the 11,000-seat Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, the United States. - 6/16/18

Man Base To Fan Base: Tehran Adds Women To 'Unity' Billboard For World Cup

- A huge billboard unveiled in the Iranian capital this week to boost national unity and fan support ahead of soccer's World Cup has been replaced following widespread anger at its exclusion of women. - 6/16/18

For L.A.'s Iranian American community, the World Cup means much more than soccer games

- For many, the World Cup gives people a chance to sideline politics and unite under the feel-good umbrella of sports diplomacy. In the current geopolitical climate, fat chance of that. -Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times - 6/16/18

Opposition scouting report: How can Morocco beat Iran?

- With Spain and Portugal completing a nightmarish Group B for Morocco, the Atlas Lions can ill afford a slip up when they face Iran in Saint Petersburg in their World Cup opener. -ESPN - 6/14/18

It's time for Iranian players to express excitement: Football Coach Queiroz

- Iran national football team Carlos Queiroz says they are completely ready to meet Morocco at the 2018 World Cup opener. Team Melli, who became the first team to arrive in Russia for the World Cup last week, are training in Bakovka camp, outside Moscow. -Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times - 6/13/18

Iran's Football Coach Demands Apology From Nike Over World Cup Boots

- Head coach of the Iran men's national football team Carlos Queiroz has demanded a formal apology from American sportswear manufacturer Nike over its decision to withdraw supply of boots to Iranian footballers ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. - 6/13/18

Iran's Team Melli can stun Morocco in World Cup: Coach Carlos Queiroz

- Head coach of Iran national football team Carlos Queiroz says they are ready to stun Morocco in the 2018 World Cup. Iran, making their fifth appearance in the World Cup finals, kick off their campaign against the Atlas Lions in St Petersburg on June 15. - 6/12/18

Iran's World Cup Carpet Diplomacy

- Iran's national team will lock horns with the heavyweights of soccer at the World Cup in Russia this month. But before the clashes begin, Team Melli is in a gift-giving mood. The squad plans to present silk Persian carpets to FIFA, the world governing body of soccer; the Russian Football Union; and the national teams of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, Iran's opponents in the group stage of the tournament. -Freud Bezhan, RFE - 6/12/18

Iran's Taftian Wins Men's 100 Meters Gold At Diamond League

- Hassan Taftian from Iran claimed a gold medal in the Men's 100 Meters of the 2018 Diamond League meeting in Stockholm. The race was won by Taftian in a season's best 10.07 off his own Iranian national record. - 6/12/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran slumps to Russia

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has suffered its second consecutive loss at the third week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League, going down to the Russian squad. - 6/11/18

Getting The Boot: Iran Manager Calls Out Nike On World Cup Cleat Snub

- The coach of Iran's national team has urged world soccer's governing body, FIFA, to step in against U.S. sportswear giant Nike for refusing to provide his players with shoes at this month's World Cup in Russia. When it announced this week that it would exclude Iranian players, Nike linked its decision to the Trump administration's reimposition of Iran sanctions - 6/7/18

Iran's Soccer Team First To Arrive In Russia For World Cup

- Iran's soccer team became the first to arrive in Russia for the World Cup on June 5, nine days before the opening match of the tournament, which runs from June 14 to July 15. The team was welcomed at Moscow's Vnukovo airport by the Moscow regional minister of sport, Roman Teryushkov. - 6/6/18

Queiroz names Iran team for 2018 FIFA World Cup

- Head coach of the Iran men's national football team Carlos Queiroz has announced the names on the final roster of the squad for the forthcoming fixtures at the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia. - 6/5/18

Nike Boycotts Iran's World Cup Players, Citing US Sanctions

- The world's largest footwear maker, U.S. apparel company Nike, says it will not provide shoes to players of Iran's national football team for the World Cup because of U.S. sanctions. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 6/5/18

Katayoun Khosrowyar leading a women's football revolution in Iran

- ​​​​​​​Iran's national team are preparing for the World Cup in Russia to the backdrop of a football revolution back home. Here, Sky Sports speak to the Iranian-American who swapped Oklahoma for Tehran to help transform the women's game in the country. -Nick Wright, Sky Sports - 6/5/18

Iran's Soccer Coach Carlos Queiroz laments 'cruel sanctions' against Iran

- Iran national football team head coach Carlos Queiroz says the cruel sanctions against Iran have disrupted Team Melli's preparation for the 2018 World Cup. Iran were scheduled to play Greece and Kosovo football teams in Turkey's training camp but the matches were canceled and Queiros says Iran's World Cup preparations were hit by the cancellation of these friendly matches. - 6/4/18

2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League: Iran falls to Canada

- The Iran men's national volleyball team has lost to Canada, accepting its second consecutive defeat in the second week of the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. - 6/4/18

Fasting, Faith, And The Hijab: Rohani's Recipe For Iranian World Cup Success

- As Iran's national soccer team finalizes its squad and tactics for the upcoming World Cup in Russia, President Hassan Rohani is offering his thoughts on how Ramadan, chaste women athletes, and faith among members of Team Melli, as it's known, can work in concert to make the Islamic republic victorious. - 5/30/18

World Cup Warm-Up: Turkey defeats Iran 2-1

- Turkey national football team defeated Iran 2-1 in a friendly match thanks to Cenk Tosun brace Monday night. Carlos Queiroz's squad faced Mircea Lucescu's men at the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. - 5/29/18

Iran volleyball team beats Australia in straight sets at 2018 FIVB Nations League

- The national Iranian men's volleyball team has defeated Australia in its second fixture at the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men's Nations League. On Saturday, the Iranian squad faced the Australian side, nicknamed the Volleyroos, in a fixture played at the Kindarena in the northern French city of Rouen, and thumped it 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21). - 5/27/18

Iran's Rohani Calls For End To Ban On Women At Sports Events

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for a decades-long stadium ban for women to be lifted, according to his office and media reports. "There should be no difference between men and women in Islam, and for that reason women should also be allowed to take part in sports events," Rohani said at a meeting with Iranian athletes in his office on May 22, according to a statement released by his office. - 5/23/18

Yupa: Iran national football teams' mascot unveiled

- Yupa, the mascot of the Iranian national football teams, was unveiled ahead of the friendly match between Iran and Uzbekistan. The word 'Yupa' is derived from the Persian word 'Yuzpalang' means cheetah and 'Tizpa' means fast. Yupa has put a Pahlavani wristband on its right hand which is an Iranian symbol and has worn a captain's armband on its left arm. - 5/21/18

AFC Women's Futsal Championship: Iran champions again!

- The Iran women's national futsal team has vigorously ended its campaign at the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship, and defended its title as the champion of the continental tournament. The Iranian sportswomen defeated the Japanese outfit 5-2 in the final showdown of the event at Indoor Stadium Huamark in the Thai capital city of Bangkok. - 5/13/18

AFC Women's Futsal Championship: Iran cruise into final

- Islamic Republic of Iran's title defence remains on track after they beat Vietnam 5-0 to reach the AFC Women's Futsal Championship 2018 Final in style. - 5/10/18

Iranian Women Defeat Uzbekistan 9-2 at AFC Futsal Championship

- The Iran women's national futsal team has clinched another emphatic win at the preliminary round of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship, and proudly advanced to the knockout stage of the continental tournament. - 5/8/18

Cheongju 2018: Iran's Sareh Javanmardi achieves double gold

- Iranian pistol specialist collects individual and team world titles on day three. The crowd began clapping in unison as the remaining two shooters fired their final shots. Amid the intense atmosphere, Sareh Javanmardi was telling herself that she would win - and she did. The Iranian defended her title in the P2 (women's 10m air pistol SH1), as day three of the 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships finished on Sunday (6 May) in Cheongju, South Korea. It was one of two individual medal events held on this day. - 5/6/18

Iran men's team defeats US at 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships

- The Iran men's national table tennis team has captured a hard-fought victory at the group stage of the 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Sweden. The Iranian squad edged past the United States 3-2 in a Group H at the Halmstad Arena in the western Swedish city of Halmstad on Tuesday, after conceding a 2-3 defeat to Kazakhstan the previous day. - 5/2/18

Iranian Women Reveal How They Entered Male-only Stadium

- Female Iranian soccer fans are becoming more emboldened in their defiance of Iranian regulations that bar them from attending football matches. In recent days, Iranian social media users have been sharing a photo of five young women who disguised themselves as men to attend last Friday's domestic football league match at Tehran's Azadi stadium. The five fans used makeup to give themselves beards and male haircuts as they watched their home team, Persepolis, defeat visiting rivals Sepidrood of the northern city of Rasht. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 5/1/18

Iran's World Cup hopes rest on AZ Alkmaar's Alireza Jahanbakhsh

- Iran's defence made all the headlines in Asia during qualification for the 2018 World Cup, conceding just two goals in 10 games in the final group stage of qualification. But Jahanbakhsh is the man who can take Team Melli to a first-ever place in the second round. After all, the 24-year-old is one of the most in-form players in Europe. -ESPN - 4/26/18

Music Video: Iranian Sisters Urge Men to Join Protest Against Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The world pop band Abjeez, led by Iranian-born sisters, has released a new music video calling on men to support the growing movement to end Iran's ban on women in sports stadiums. Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), Abjeez's "Stadium" was released today on the heels of a multi-language campaign by a coalition of human rights groups urging the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to demand that Iran end its discriminatory ban before the start of the World Cup in June. - 4/25/18

Iran crowned World Super 6 champion

- Iran national sitting volleyball team overpowered Russia in straight sets (25-21, 25-23, 28-26) in the World Super 6 on Tuesday. Team Melli lifted the trophy at the Sadra Sport Complex in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz with six victories. - 4/24/18

Four girls to represent Iran at Asian Weightlifting Championships

- The four-member Iranian team traveled to Urgench, Uzbekistan to participate at the 25th Asian Junior Women Weightlifting Championships. The 25th Asian Junior Women and 32nd Asian Junior Men Weightlifting Championships are being held from April 20 to 30 in Urgench, Uzbekistan. - 4/22/18

Iran defeats Russia in World Para Volley Men's World Super 6 Sitting Volleyball Competition in Tabriz

- The World Para Volley Men's World Super 6 Sitting Volleyball Competition kicked off in Tabriz on April 19, and will run through April 24. The event has attracted national teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia, Ukraine and the United States. - 4/20/18

Dan Gaspar leaves Iranian national team after six years

- American Dan Gaspar, who was the Iranian national team's assistant coach, team coordinator and goalkeeper coach, has left Iran two months before he would have gone to the World Cup with Team Melli for a second time. -Persian Football - 4/20/18

Russia's Loko defeats Iran's Moghavemat Golsapoosh to claim Eurasia Beach Soccer Cup title

- BSC Lokomotiv Moscow defeated Iran's Moghavemat Golsapoosh to claim the 2018 Eurasia Beach Soccer Cup title in Yazd, Iran on Tuesday. After clinching the Mundialito de Clubes last December, Loko claim another international honor, getting ready to get to the Euro Winners Cup as one of the toughest sides in the world. - 4/19/18

Penalty For Iran's Football Federation Head Over Israel Sports Row

- The president of Iran's Football Federation, Mehdi Taj, has been summoned to court over his decision to allow a player to return to the national team after playing against Israeli athletes while under contract with a foreign club, local websites reported April 16. -Radio Farda - 4/17/18

Iranian discus thrower Haddadi receives second gold at USSD Competitions

- Iranian discus thrower and London 2012 Olympics silver medalist Ehsan Haddadi has maintained his perfect composure at the USSD competitions in the United States, and collected his second gold medal. The 33-year-old Iranian sportsman competed against Swedish athlete Daniel St�hl and Daniel Jasinski from Germany in Chula Vista city, located just 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from downtown San Diego. - 4/16/18

Iran captures crown at 2018 World Taekwondo Junior Championships

- Young Iranian taekwondo practitioners have featured praiseworthy displays of spinning kicks and fast kicking techniques at the 2018 World Taekwondo Junior Championships in Tunisia, and won the tile at the conclusion of the prestigious international event. - 4/14/18

Italian Football Team's Persian Twitter Account a Hit after Iran Censors Crest

- An Iranian state TV network's unusual decision to censor the crest of Italian football club AS Roma has helped the club attract a big following of Iranian fans to its new Persian Twitter account. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 4/12/18

Rasoul Khadem returns to Iran Wrestling Federation

- Rasoul Khadem, who had announced his retirement as the president of Iran Wrestling Federation, has returned to the federation after two months. Khadem had resigned after saying authorities should reconsider their policy of not allowing Iranian athletes to compete against Israelis. - 4/10/18

FOOTBALL: Persepolis wins Iran's Persian Gulf Pro League title race

- Iran's professional soccer club Persepolis has claimed the championship of Iran's Persian Gulf Pro League, formerly known as Iran Pro League (IPL), for the second consecutive year following a victory over Padideh Football Club. - 4/9/18

Freestyle Wrestling World Cup Opens In U.S. Without Russia, Iran

- The 2018 World Cup of freestyle wrestling opened on April 7 in the U.S. state of Iowa without Russia and Iran, two traditionally strong teams in the sport. Iran, the six-time defending champ, pulled out in March without citing a reason, although many tied it to the resignation of the Iranian federation president, Rasoul Khadem, over issues related to the country's state policy of refusing to compete against Israeli competition. - 4/9/18

Photos: Bachukheh wrestling competition in Esfarayen, Iran

- The Bachukheh traditional wrestling competition was held in Esfarayen in Iran's North Khorasan province on Tuesday. The competition brought 230 wrestlers at the 'Zeinal Khan Spring'. Bachukheh is a traditional wrestling sport with its own championship games. This is one of the most important local wrestling matches in Iran with Greater Khorasan as its birthplace. The Bachukheh wrestling field is usually covered with red clay. - 4/6/18

Iranian karateka Saeed Ahmadi Karyani strikes gold in 2018 USA Open & Junior International Cup

- Iranian karate practitioner Saeed Ahmadi Karyani has featured impressive athletic skills during the 2018 USA Open & Junior International Cup, and ranked first at the end of the international tournament. Ahmadi Karyani showed a commendable display of vim and vigor in his march to the final competition of men's kumite minus 75-kilogram category at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. - 4/3/18

Iranian Judoka Pulls Out Of Grand Prix To Avoid Facing Israeli Athlete

- Once again, an Iranian judoka has pulled out of an international competition to avoid facing an Israeli athlete because of a controversial Iranian government policy. Mohammad Abbas Nejad was set to face Israeli athlete Yarin Mnagid on March 30 in the 66 kilogram weight category at the Tbilisi 2018 Judo Grand Prix. - 3/31/18

Iran football team beats Algeria 2-1 in pre-World Cup friendly played in Graz, Austrian

- The Iran men's national football team, domestically known as Team Melli, has defeated Algeria in a friendly match as part of its preparations for the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. On Tuesday evening, Team Melli beat the Fennecs 2-1 at the Liebenauer Stadium, sponsored as the Merkur-Arena, in the Austrian city of Graz. - 3/28/18

Iranian karate practitioners grab three silver medals at Karate 1 - Premier League Rotterdam 2018

- Iranian karate practitioners have exhibited great punching, knee strikes as well as open-hand techniques at the Karate 1 - Premier League Rotterdam 2018, and scooped three silver medals in the prestigious international tournament. - 3/19/18

Iran stomps Sierra Leone 4-0 in pre-FIFA World Cup warm-up in Tehran

- The Iran men's national football team, domestically known as Team Melli, has routed the Sierra Leone national football team in a friendly fixture as part of preparations for the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. On Saturday evening, Team Melli thumped the Leone Stars 4-0 at the end of a match staged at Azadi Stadium in western Tehran. - 3/18/18

Iran beach volleyball team placed second in 2018 FIVB World Tour

- The national Iranian men's beach volleyball team has finished as the runner-up at the end of the Muscat one-star men's event on the 2018 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour, following a defeat against Germany. - 3/18/18

Iranian Journalist Confronts FIFA President Over Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums: "It's Our Right"

- Thirty-five women who went to Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch a match between two popular soccer teams were detained by police on March 1, 2018, and held for several hours, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Female journalist Niloofar Hamedi, who was at the scene, directly confronted FIFA President Gianni Infantino outside the stadium as shown in a video posted on her Twitter account. "We need a guarantee. It's our right," Hamedi is heard saying as Infantino is whisked away. - 3/4/18

Iran Banishes Women From Tehran Football Match Attended by FIFA Chief

- Iran has blocked several dozen women from attending a major Tehran football match witnessed by the head of FIFA, the sport's world governing body, prompting criticism from rights activists. Iranian state news agency ISNA said police "transferred" 35 women who had gone to Azadi Stadium on Thursday to try to watch the match between local rivals Esteghlal and Persepolis. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/2/18

Iranian Wrestling Officials Quit Over Israel Policy

- The head of Iran's wrestling federation has resigned after criticizing the authorities for letting athletes be punished because of the country's ban on facing Israeli opponents. After news of Khadem's resignation, the councils for freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling said they were resigning en masse, the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported. - 3/1/18



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