Shahrivar 25 1400 - September 16 2021
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

Shahrzad Mozafar: Iran's female futsal trailblazer who defied the odds

To her parents, it was no great surprise. When Shahrzad Mozafar was not kicking a ball with her sisters in their sun-baked family garden nestled in a parched neighbourhood in Khuzestan province, Iran, she was usually inside, dreaming about the love of her life. Football. An avid viewer of games on television - "I loved to be a coach since I was a kid" - on one occasion she indulged her fantasies by commentating on an imaginary match, capturing every word of dramatic monologue on a cassette tape. -Jamie Fahey, Guardian 7/5/21

Unstoppable Nahid Biyarjomandi driven by "heavy responsibility" to empower women in rugby around the world

World Rugby spoke to the World Rugby Women's Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient and Asia Rugby Executive Committee member about an exciting year, in which she has also given birth to her first child. Nahid Biyarjomandi had already achieved more than most would hope to in a lifetime when she was chosen as one of 15 'Unstoppable' women in rugby two years ago. 7/5/21

Iran's 2022 World Cup qualifiers fixtures revealed

Iran will start the 2022 World Cup qualification Round 3 with a match against Syria on Sept. 2. The 'Persian Leopards' discovered their path to the 2022 Qatar World Cup, with the groups for the third round of Asian qualification announced on Thursday. 7/1/21

Iran's Sareh Javanmardi highlights anxiety and stress are not to be ignored

Iran's Sareh Javanmardi is honest about what could hinder her performance. With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics nearing, the pressure is rising and so is the anxiety and stress. Rather than hide, the multi-Paralympic and world champion brings her achilles heel to light. Especially in shooting Para sport, where one mental lapse can cost an athlete everything, knowing how to handle such anxieties and stress is important for the Iranian. -Paralympic.org 6/30/21

Cristiano Ronaldo hailed as 'a great champion' by Ali Daei after equalling goal record

Cristiano Ronaldo has been hailed as 'a great champion of football' after equalling the international goal record for Portugal - by the man who set the landmark. Former Iran forward Ali Daei sung the Juventus star's praises after scoring twice in the 2-2 draw with France in their final Euro 2020 group stage game, which put him level with his tally of 109 strikes. -Daily Mail 6/25/21

Iran ends 2021 VNL with 10 losses

Iran volleyball team ended the 2021 Volleyball Nations League with a disappointing performance, suffering 10 defeats out of 15 matches. The Persians lost to Argentina 3-1 (33-31, 25-23, 30-32, 25-18) on Wednesday and finished in 12th place. 6/24/21

Iran's trailblazing female biker counts on incoming president to fix country's economy

Behnaz Shafiei is a motocross rider and the only Iranian female rider to have done professional road racing. Following the end of President Hassan Rouhani's two terms in office, Iran goes to the polls on June 18 to elect a new president. It's the opportunity for Behnaz Shafiei to choose her future president. -France24 6/17/21

Volleyball Nations League: Brazil defeats Iran

Brazil closed Day 11 at the 2021 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 win over Iran that keeps the reigning Olympic champions in first place of the standings. Milad Ebadipour (Iran): "It was a tough battle, because we played against Brazil, the best team in the world." -Volleyball World 6/17/21

Asian Qualifiers - Group C: IR Iran finish top, Iraq advance as well

Sardar Azmoun was the hero as Islamic Republic of Iran edged Iraq 1-0 on Tuesday to finish as Group C winners in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. The win completed a remarkable turnaround for Team Melli, who won all four of their matches following the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers and keeps them on track for a third consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals. -AFC 6/15/21

USA to Face Argentina, Iran and Serbia at 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania

The U.S. Futsal National Team will face Argentina, Iran and Serbia in Group F at the upcoming 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will take place from Sept. 12-Oct. 3 in Lithuania. The final draw for the competition took place today at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich. -US Soccer 6/14/21

Asian Qualifiers - Group C: IR Iran firmly in control with victory over Cambodia

Iran defeated Cambodia 10-0 in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Friday to ensure their qualification hopes are very much in their own hands. The win took Iran to 15 points and with Iraq - who defeated Hong Kong later on Friday to stay two points ahead at the top - up next on the final day of the Asian Qualifiers, a win for Team Melli will mean finishing as group winners.-AFC 6/13/21

Volleyball Nations League: Germany defeats Iran 3-2

Germany stunned Iran in five sets for their fourth win in nine games, as Day 9 at the 2021 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League got underway. "It was a tough battle. In the first set we struggled a bit, but we found our rhythm in the end. It was a hard battle, they were pushing us in the fourth and last set again." -Volleyball World 6/11/21

U.S. Men Struggle Early and Fall to Iran

U.S. Men's National Team improved as it went along, but fell to Iran, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23) on Wednesday at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy. Iran led the match in kills (44-37) and blocks (7-6) and scored 19 points on U.S. errors while giving up 21. The teams tied in aces (2-2). -USA Volleyball 6/10/21

Asian Qualifiers - Group C: IR Iran defeat Bahrain to get firmly back in the race

Riffa: Sardar Azmoun starred with two goals as Islamic Republic of Iran scored a vital 3-0 victory over Bahrain in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Monday. -AFC 6/8/21

Photos: Iran's women golf contest

A one-day competition was held in the golf course of Enghelab Sport Complex in Tehran on 3 June 2021. About 50 athletes from 13 provinces partook in the event. -Mohammad Babaei, IRNA 6/8/21

Iran national soccer team's kits for WC qualifiers unveiled

The players of national Iranian football team or Team Melli will be wearing white and red kits in the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. The national Iranian football team arrived in Bahrain on Monday for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. Iran are pitted against Hong Kong, Cambodia, Iraq and Bahrain in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers. -Mehr 6/2/21

Free croissants and Iran's dissidents: the joys of covering France 98

In an extract from a new book, reflections on a manic World Cup schedule that included the famous Iran v USA encounter. Every so often, when searching for something in the attic, I come across a grey box file with a red-and-white sticker advertising the Argentinian newspaper El Grafico stuck on the lid. -Harry Pearson, Guardian 5/21/21

Iran's Zahra Nemati sees archery as a metaphor for life

Iranian Paralympic legend Zahra Nemati looks at the sport of archery as a metaphor on how we should live life. "Life has messages for us and archery has one too. One of crucial messages of archery is once you shoot the arrow [and aim for] the gold, you cannot think about [it anymore] - it is [considered part of] the past [and that's why] we cannot think about it again." -Paralympic.org 5/19/21

International Judo Body Suspends Iran For Anti-Israeli 'Scheme'

Judo's governing body has suspended Iran as punishment for refusing to allow its athletes to compete against opponents from Israel. The International Judo Federation (IJF) imposed a four-year ban on April 29 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport said a previous indefinite ban was not allowed. The IJF disciplinary committee said the start of the suspension is backdated to September 18, 2019, and runs until September 17, 2023. 4/30/21

AFC Champions League, Group E: Al Wahda stun Persepolis

Al Wahda of the UAE ended Persepolis' perfect record in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. Al Wahda FSCC defeated the Iranian team 1-0 that keeps alive their hopes of advancing to the Round of 16. Tim Matavz scored the only goal just five minutes into the match. 4/27/21

Hadi Choopan AKA Persian Wolf, Ready to Make 2021 a Big Success Year With His Bodybuilding

Persian Wolf, aka Hadi Choopan, we all know, is the biggest name in the Iran bodybuilding community. He is a role model for many who want to compete at the international level. Recently, Hadi Choopan said that he is all set to compete in Olympia in the US via his IG profile. This year certain issues held him back to compete in this competition. -Influencive 4/26/21

Persepolis, Esteghlal look to break Iran's title drought in the AFC Champs League

With three AFC Asian Cup titles and four FIFA World Cup appearances since 1998, Iran can consider itself a powerhouse in Asia football. The narrative for its club teams, however, has been a little different. It has been almost three decades the last time a football club from Iran has won a title in Asia. -ESPN 4/22/21

A great start to 2021 ACL for Iranian teams

The four Iranian teams have been amazing so far at the 2021 AFC Champions League. There's none of the usual gathering of tens of thousands of supporters in the host city; however, five wins and three draws in the eight matches of the stage groups means that the Iranian clubs are well-prepared and well-equipped for the most prestigious club tournament of the Asian Football Confederation, even without their fans. -Farrokh Hesabi 4/20/21

Mehdi Taremi nets extraordinary Champions League goal to become first Iranian scorer in the quarterfinals

Mehdi Taremi scored a truly spectacular overhead kick on Tuesday to become the first Iranian player to score in the Champions League quarterfinals. The Porto striker delivered his stunning effort in the final moments of his side's 1-0 win over Chelsea but it wasn't enough to overturn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg. -CNN 4/15/21

Ancient Cup Inspires Logo of Iran's Team at Tokyo Olympic Games

The "Arjan" cup with a history going back thousands of years has been designed and unveiled as the official symbol of the Iranian team at the 2020 Summer Olympics scheduled to be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021. -IFP 3/15/21

Soccer: Iranians query decision to host qualifiers in Bahrain

Iran head coach Dragan Skocic and Mehdi Taremi, one of the nation's highest-profile players, have questioned the decision to hold the country's World Cup qualifiers in Bahrain when play resumes in June. -Reuters 3/15/21

Shohreh Bayat 'thrilled and honored' to win International Women of Courage Award

One of the world's top chess arbiters, Shohreh Bayat, refused to apologise and decided not to return to her home country Iran after the Women's World Chess Championship in China and Russia last year, fearing for her safety after a photograph from the event circulated in the Iranian media and appeared to show her not wearing a headscarf. On International Women's Day Bayat will receive the prestigious International Women of Courage Award for her brave decision after the event. -Chess24 3/8/21

Kimia Alizadeh, Iran's only female Olympic medalist, hopes to compete as refugee in Tokyo

Iranian female Olympic medal winner Kimia Alizadeh has been granted refugee status in Germany and aims to compete as part the Olympic Refugee Team under a white flag in Tokyo this summer. Alizadeh, who won taekwondo bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics, fled to Germany last year after several offers to compete for the Netherlands, Canada, Belgium and Bulgaria. -Reuters 3/3/21

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