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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

Iran finishes 25th in Rio Olympics 2016

- Iran has finished in the 25th place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Iranian delegation won three gold medals, one silver and four bronzes. USA won the title with 121 medals, including 46 golds, 37 silvers and 38 bronzes. - 8/22/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Komeail Qasemi wins silver for Iran in freestyle wrestling

- Iranian freestyle wrestler Komeail Qasemi is stripped of an Olympic gold as he loses against his Turkish opponent Taha Akgul in the final of the 125-kilogram class of 2016 Rio games. He is the first heavyweight Iranian wrestler to reach the final in Olympic history. - 8/21/16

Iranian-Belgian woman Raheleh Asemani shines at Rio 2016 Olympics

- Raheleh Asemani, a taekwondo practitioner who was representing Belgium in Rio 2016 Olympics, also came close to earning a medal in the Women's 57 kg taekwondo competitions. Asemani lost the contest for bronze medal to Hedaya Wahba of Egypt, while her countrywoman Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin won a bronze medal in the same weight category to become the first Iranian female Olympian. - 8/21/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iran's Yazdani aces freestyle wrestling bouts, clinches gold

- Iranian freestyle wrestlers Hassan Yazdani Cherati and Hassan Rahimi have adeptly employed a mix of primal hand-to-hand combat and complex tactics at the wrestling competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and picked up two medals, including one gold. - 8/20/16

President Rouhani congratulates Iran's first female Olympic medalist

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani extends his congratulation to taekwondo practitioner Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin for becoming the first Iranian female Olympian after winning the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin received huge coverage by the Iranian media. Many newspapers covered the story prominently on their front pages. - 8/20/16

Taekwondo Player Kimia Alizadeh Is First Iranian Woman To Win Olympic Medal

- Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin claimed the first ever Olympic medal by an Iranian woman in Rio on Friday. Alizadeh, 18, defeated Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic 5-1 in the under-57kg division to win the historic medal. "I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal, and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold," said Alizadeh, who wears a head covering under her headguard. - 8/19/16

Rio 2016 Olympics - Men's Volleyball: Italy defeats Iran to advance to semifinals

- Italy gained their seventh entry to the Olympic semifinals, following their 3-0 (31-29, 25-19, 25-17) victory over Iran in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's volleyball quarterfinals at Maracanazinho on Wednesday. - 8/18/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Behdad Salimi breaks world record in weightlifting but wins no medal

- Iran's Behdad Salimi broke the world record in the snatch weightlifting of the Men's over 105-kilogram class at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games, but he was later disqualified in the clean and jerk stage following a controversial decision by the jury. - 8/17/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iran's Greco-Roman wrestler Ghasem Rezaei wins bronze

- Ghasem Rezaei from Iran claimed a bronze medal in the men's Greco-Roman 98kg division at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The London gold medalist defeated Carl Fredrik Stefan Schoen of Sweden. - 8/17/16

Former Iranian World Champ Helps Coach US Weightlifters at Olympics

- Shahin Nasirinia represented Iran as a weightlifter at two Olympics, but at the Rio Summer Games he is helping coach the United States' weightlifting team. "I am happy with it. I love this sport. I love this job and I put my heart, everything into it," Nasirinia told VOA. - 8/16/16

From Sa'dabad to Zanjan: First all-women car rally to be held in Iran

- The first women-only car rally in Iran will be held on August 23-28, it was announced at a press conference at Sa'dabad Palace in Tehran last week. The rally will start at Sa'dabad Tourism Complex in Tehran and will end in the city of Zanjan, passing through Iranian provinces of Alborz and Qazvin. - 8/16/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Russia defeats Iran in men's volleyball

- Defending Olympic champions Russia overpowered Iran 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-20) for its fourth victory and one loss in Pool B of the men's volleyball tournament at Rio 2016 Olympic Games. - 8/16/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iran's Saeid Abdevali wins bronze in men's Greco-Roman wrestling

- Iranian wrestler Saeid Morad Abdevali has won a bronze medal in the men's Greco-Roman 75-kilogram category after defeating Hungary's Peter Bacsi on August 14, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. - 8/15/16

Weightlifter Sohrab Moradi wins second gold medal for Iran at Rio 2016

- Iran's weightlifter Sohrab Moradi has lifted a total of 403 kilograms at the 94-kilogram category of Rio 2016 Olympics Games, and won the second gold medal for the Iranian squad at the event. - 8/14/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iran's Taftian Strolls into Olympics 100m Semis

- Iranian athlete Hassan Taftian qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games 100m semi-final on Saturday.The Iranian athlete advanced to the semis with a time 10.17 seconds. - 8/14/16

Iran Olympic protest: Woman asked to take down sign

- A female Iranian activist who held a protest banner during a volleyball match at the Rio Olympics was asked to take it down and leave by security staff. Darya Safai's sign read: "Let Iranian women enter their stadiums." -BBC - 8/14/16

Weightlifter Kianoush Rostami Sets New World Record, Wins First Rio Gold For Iran

- Iran has won the first medal of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games as weightlifter Kianoush Rostami grabs gold in the men's 85-kilogram category with a world record after lifting a total of 396 kilograms. The 25-year-old Iranian athlete lifted 179 and 217 kilograms in snatch and in clean and jerk respectively. - 8/13/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iran defeats Egypt, advances to quarterfinal in men's volleyball

- Shahram Mahmoudi led Iran in their 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-16) win over Egypt in Pool B on Saturday, to advance to the quarterfinal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's volleyball competition at Maracanazinho. - 8/13/16

Iranian athletes fail to clinch medals at Rio 2016 Olympics's athletics competitions

- Iranian men and women athletes have demonstrated lackluster performances at the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and have fallen short to claim a single medal at the major international multi-sport event. - 8/13/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iran volleyball team defeats Cuba

- Iran recorded its first victory in day three of the men's volleyball tournament at Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a straight-set decision 3-0 (25-21, 31-29, 25-16) over Cuba in a match between winless teams of Pool B on Thursday morning. - 8/12/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iranian fencer Abedini just short of bronze medal

- Mojtaba Abedini, Iran's only fencer who has been a surprise by defeating world's great figures, has just come short of a medal for Iran's delegation. In semifinals, Abedini lost to his US rival Daryl Homer before a second defeat by South Korean Kim Young-Hwan 15-8. - 8/11/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iran Volleyball Team Suffers Second Loss

- Iran volleyball team was defeated against Poland 3-2 (25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 20-25, 18-16) in the men's volleyball tournament of Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Tuesday night. Poland improved its win-loss record to 2-0 in Pool B, while Iran fell to 0-2. - 8/10/16

Iran's Nemati Bows Out Of Rio Olympics But Urges Disabled To Compete

- Iranian archer Zahra Nemati, a disabled trailblazer who in one of many firsts was Iran's flag-bearer in the Rio Olympics, exited from the games on August 9 after a loss to Russia's Inna Stepanova. Nemati, who won the gold medal in archery at the London Paralympics in 2012, was quickly eliminated by Stepanova in a first-round encounter, leaving the Iranian shaken. - 8/10/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iranian rower says she lost by just few seconds

- Iranian female rower Mahsa Javar says she lost out her contest at the rowing events of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to globally distinguished athletes with just a few seconds' delay. - 8/10/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Iranian boxer and all three table tennis players eliminated

- Iranian professional boxer Ehsan Rouzbahani has experienced a bitter defeat at the boxing tournaments of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and subsequently dumped out of the high-status international multi-sport event. - 8/9/16

Rio 2016 Olympics: Argentina's volleyball team defeats Iran in opening match

- Argentina's national volleyball team has defeated the Iranian side with a straight-set win in its opening match at the preliminary round of the volleyball tournaments in the ongoing 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. - 8/8/16

Rio Olympics 2016: Iran's Elaheh Ahmadi earns sixth place in women's 10m air rifle

- Elaheh Ahmadi of Iran finished in sixth place, scoring 122.5 in the women's 10m air rifle on Saturday. "I worked hard for two years to earn my first Olympic medal but unfortunately finished in sixth place," Ahmadi said. - 8/7/16

Rio Olympics Begin With First Female Iranian Flag-Bearer, More Cleared Russians

- The 2016 Summer Olympics have opened amid fanfare and partying in the host city Rio de Janeiro, featuring a diminished Russian team, Iran's first-ever woman flag-bearer, and a team from Kosovo who are in their first games. - 8/6/16

Olympics: Utah businessman offers cash donations to U.S., Iran wrestling winners

- Khosrow Semnani was never a wrestler, but when he discovered his favorite sport's future at the Olympics was pinned against the mat, the Utah businessman helped turn a dire situation into a victory. Semnani, an Iranian-born businessman and philanthropist, has pledged cash donations to American and Iranian wrestlers and their coaches for winning a medal. -Salt Lake Tribune - 8/4/16

I'll win a medal at the Olympics: Iranian woman shooter Elaheh Ahmadi

- "I've worked hard during the last couple of months and I think I'm completely ready to win my first Olympics medal. I've strong opponents who are all world champions but I've beat them in the past," Ahmadi said. - 8/3/16

Junior Iranian basketballers claim Asian title for 3rd time

- Iran's national junior basketball team gave Japan a drubbing in the finals of 2016 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship to win the Asian trophy for the third time. On Sunday evening, young Iranian basketball players overcame Japanese rivals 71-65 in the final showdown of the sportive extravaganza staged in Azadi Sports Complex. - 8/1/16

Iran basketball team finishes 4th in William Jones Cup

- The Iranian men's national basketball team landed fourth at the 2016 William Jones Cup in Taiwan with 6 wins and 2 losses overall. Last day encounters of William Jones Cup were held on Sunday at the Hsinchuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City with the Iranian players pulling out a 71-56 victory over India. - 8/1/16

Photos: Grass Skiing World Cup in Dizin, Iran

- Dizin, Iran is hosting the 2016 Grass Skiing World Cup. Thirty-eight athletes from eight nations (Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Japan and Iran) are fighting for medals in this event for young Grass Skiing talents. - 7/29/16

Iran basketball team notches 3rd win in 2016 William Jones Cup

- The Iranian national men's basketball team has captured its third consecutive victory at the preliminary round of the 2016 William Jones Cup in Taiwan, defeating the Egyptian contingent in the international tournament. - 7/27/16

Iran takes third place in Asia Water Polo Junior Championship

- Iran's national junior water polo team has finished its campaign at the 5th edition of the Asian Water Polo Junior Championship in Indonesia, and claimed the third place after breezing past the Uzbek squad. - 7/25/16

Iranian Athletes' Message In Rio: "Peace, Friendship, Coexistence"

- President Rouhani said that Iranian athletes' message in Olympics, Paralympics is "peace, friendship, coexistence". Rouhani attended a ceremony held for seeing off Iranian athletes departing for Rio Olympics and Paralympics and said that Iranian athletes' success in these games contribute to national pride, as well as hope and exhilaration in the society - 7/21/16

Iran to send 63 athletes to Rio 2016

- The Iranian Olympic mission comprises 63 athletes representing 14 sports federations including the Athletics, Archery, Boxing, Cycling, Fencing, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Weightlifting, and Wrestling federations. - 7/19/16

World team ahead of Iran at Chess Star Cup

- World team chess players managed to keep the lead against Iran in the seventh round of Chess Stars Cup underway in the Iranian Caspian port city of Bandar Anzali. - 7/18/16

Chess is very popular among the Iranians, Anatoly Karpov says

- Seven-time World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov, who has come to Iran to attend the first edition of Chess Stars Cup, says that the sport is very popular among the Iranian people. The prestigious competition will take place in Bandar Anzali Free Zone, northern Iran, from July 9th to 21st. FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will also attend the Chess Stars Cup. - 7/9/16

Iranian Women Sports Spectators: In or Out?

- Images of spectators participating in the third week of the world volleyball championships in Tehran revealed a number of women inside the stadium. In the past years Islamic Republic official have barred Iranian women from entering stadiums to watch sports events. - 7/8/16
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