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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

Iranian basketball players fail to qualify for Olympics

- The Iranian men's national basketball team has suffered the second defeat in a row at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, missing the Rio Olympics. In a disappointing evening at the multi-purpose Pala Alpitour indoor sports arena in Turin, Italy, on Tuesday, the Iranians missed the Rio berth by five points and conceded a 70-75 loss to Mexico. - 7/6/16

Iran loses to Greece at FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament

- Iran opened the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Olympic qualifying tournament campaign with a 78-53 defeat to Greece at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy on Monday. - 7/5/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Iran see off Argentina in tie-breaker

- Iran beat Argentina 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 16-14) in Tehran on Sunday. Despite neither team having a chance to quilify for the Final Six in Krakow, the players treated the home crowd to a thrilling match. - 7/4/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Iran defeats Serbia, but falls to Italy

- Italy led by Vettori and Juantorena smoothly beat Iran 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21) in Tehran on Saturday. This is the eighth time Iran and Italy have clashed in the World League and the first time since 2014. Italy have won four of the previous seven World League meetings. - 7/3/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Serbia Defeats Iran 3-1

- Serbia's Uros Kovacevic scored match-high 19 points as his team overcome Iran 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21) in Pool F1 encounter at the World League 2016. - 6/27/16

'I, Sajjad Qaribi, am an Iranian soldier'

- A gigantic Iranian bodybuilder, weightlifter, and powerlifter has taken the Internet by storm, stealing his fellow sportsmen's thunder with his jaw-dropping muscular bulk and self-effacing and patriotic attitude. Sajjad Qaribi, 24, from the Iranian city of Bushehr, is as monumental in the southern Iranian city as is its nuclear plant. - 6/27/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Wallace steers Brazil to the victory over Iran

- Wallace De Souza scored match-high 17 points leading Brazil to a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-16, 25-17) victory over Iran in the Pool F1 encounter on Friday afternoon. - 6/25/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Manavinezhad inspires Iran to a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria

- Iran's Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad scored match-high 21 points to help his team to prevail over Bulgaria 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20) in the opening match of the second week in FIVB Volleyball World League with a Group 1 match in Belgrade. - 6/24/16

Iran Crowned 2016 International Basketball Challenge Champion

- The national Iranian men's basketball team has impressed the spectators at the 2016 International Basketball Challenge, also known as the 2016 Atlas Challenge, in China, and been crowned as the champion of the six-day international sporting event. - 6/21/16

Iranian female karate fighter earns second spot at WKF Karate 1 rankings

- Iranian karate fighter Hamideh Abbasali has been placed second in the latest edition of the World Karate Federation (WKF) Karate 1 rankings. According to the rankings released by the largest international governing body of karate with over 130 member states, the 26-year-old Iranian sportswoman racked up 980 points to stand behind a representative from Switzerland. - 6/21/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Iran prevail in a five-setter against Argentina

- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 18, 2016 - In a match marred by a high number of unforced errors Iran managed to beat Argentina 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 13-25 and 15-11) to earn its first victory of this year's FIVB World League. - 6/20/16

FIVB Volleyball World League 2016: Anderson takes USA to a comeback over Iran

- Matthew Anderson stars with 23 points in a breathtaking match as USA comeback to beat Iran 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 27-25 and 26-24) for the second round of FIVB World League pool B. - 6/18/16

Brazil Defeats Iran 3-0 In FIVB Volleyball World League 2016 Opening Match

- Brazil used a service storm over Iran to win 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 28-26) in the opening match of the FIVB Volleyball World League 2016. Lucas Saatkamp, with 17 points, and Ricardo Lucarelli, with 16, were the top scorers and main attractions on court. - 6/17/16

Next Iranian Superstar? Yazdanichariti Scores 45 Points At World Cup Next Iranian Superstar? Yazdanichariti Scores 45 Points At World Cup

- We became aware of Iran's Hassan Yazdanichariti when he downed one of the United States biggest stars, Aaron Pico. After he took out Pico, he made the jump to the senior level at 70kg, where he took out another star American wrestler, James Green, en route to a world silver medal. -Flo Wrestling - 6/16/16

Iran defeats Russia, repeats title win at Wrestling World Cup

- Iran's national wrestling team has won the title of the 2016 Freestyle World Cup after defeating Russia's outfit. Defending champion Iran defeated Russia 5-3 in Inglewood in the US city of Los Angeles late on Sunday - 6/13/16

Iran outmuscles India 8-0 in Freestyle World Cup 2016 in Los Angeles

- National Iranian freestyle wrestling team has registered its second victory in a row at the Freestyle World Cup 2016, which is currently underway in the United States, and trounced the Indian side. - 6/12/16

Red Card For Yellow Pants: SpongeBob Gets Iran Soccer Player In Hot Water

- An Iranian soccer player has been banned from domestic matches for six months over "inappropriate" behavior that included the wearing of SpongeBob SquarePants trousers. Iranian media reported on June 7 that the morality committee of the Iranian Football Federation based its decision on goalkeeper Sosha Makani's "unconventional attire." - 6/9/16

Iran volleyball achieves first-ever Olympic qualification

- Iran volleyball achieved a historic feat as they earned their first-ever Olympic Games qualification, beating Poland 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 34-32) at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday. - 6/5/16

Iran volleyball team overwhelms China 3-2 in Rio 2016 qualifier

- Iran's national volleyball team has got one step closer to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, following a last-gasp win over the strong-minded Chinese team at the Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament. - 6/2/16

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami sets two world record

- Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami sets two new World Record in the clean & jerk and total for the 85kg weight class. Rostami lifted 175kg in the snatch and 220kg in the clean & jerk, improving the world record by 2 kg in the clean and jerk. - 6/1/16

Iraq to Host World Cup Qualifiers in Mashhad, Iran

- The Iraq Football Association confirmed that their matches in the 2016 World Cup qualification will be held in Mashhad, northeast of Iran. The Iraqi football team has been drawn in Group B along with Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand. - 6/1/16

Volleyball: France defeats Iran in Olympic Qualifier

- France improved their win-loss record to 2-1, after they recorded a straight-set (25-20, 25-18, 25-22) win over Iran at the Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday. - 5/31/16

Volleyball: Iran blanks Australia with straight-sets win in Asian Olympic qualifier

- Iran's national volleyball team has trounced Australia in straight sets at the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan. On Saturday, the Persians registered their first straight-sets win of the tournament by seeing off the Australian Men's Volleyball team, the Volleyroos, 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-18) in a match played at the world-class Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. - 5/28/16

Iran wins 5th crown in Greco-Roman wrestling world cup

- Iran has for the fifth time won the Greco-Roman wrestling world cup after defeating Russia in the finals of the 34th edition of the games. The Iranian outfit overcame the Russian squad 8-0 in Iran's southern city of Shiraz on Friday. - 5/22/16

How an Iranian woman snuck into a football stadium only open to men

- A young Iranian woman has become a star among fans of the Persepolis football team after she snuck into a match, which women are forbidden to attend. She took to social media to show how she disguised herself as a man to get in. -France 24 - 5/22/16

Women Prevented from Attending Iran's Premier League Finale

- Iranian women were once again blocked from attending a major public sports event alongside men as the police stopped women from entering Tehran's Azadi Stadium for the finale of Iran's Premier League soccer season on May 13, 2016. - 5/18/16

Esteghlal Khuzestan stands atop Persian Gulf League podium

- Esteghlal Meli-Sanati Khuzestan Football Club, commonly known as Esteghlal Khuzestan, has won the championship of Iran's Persian Gulf Pro League, formerly known as Iran Pro League (IPL), following a well-deserved victory over Isfahan-based Zob Ahan. - 5/14/16

WBSC launch project to promote baseball and softball in Iran

- A collaborative agreement between the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the Iran Baseball and Softball Association has been announced in an effort to expand and develop the sports in the country. -Inside the Games - 5/3/16

Iranian weightlifters finish runner-up in Asian championships

- Iranian weightlifters have brilliantly finished their campaign at the 46th edition of the Senior Men's Asian Weightlifting Championships in Uzbekistan, ranking second in the continental sporting event. - 5/1/16

Iran drawn in Group A of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

- During the draw ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, the Islamic Republic of Iran landed in Group A of the forthcoming sports event, and was pitted against South Korea, Uzbekistan, China, Qatar and Syria. - 4/12/16

Majda Cicic named as Iran's women volleyball coach

- Secretary general of Iran's Volleyball Federation has announced the inking of a one-year contract with European coach Majda Leban Cicic to lead Iran's female volleyball team. Mahmoud Afshardoost said "after observing the performance of the Slovenian coach in Tehran during training sessions of the junior team, we orally agreed on a one-year cooperation; later, the contract was prepared and handed over to the federation." - 4/6/16

Spat Forces Saudi, Iranian Soccer Teams To Play In Neutral Venues

- Saudi Arabian soccer clubs will play Asian Champions League matches against Iranian teams at neutral venues this year because of poor relations between the two countries. The Asian Football Confederation announced that the two feuding nations had failed to meet a March 15 deadline it had established for restoring "normal relations" between the two nations' clubs. - 3/16/16

Iran female ping pong players shine in world championships

- Iranian female ping pong players have impressed the spectators in the final match of the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Malaysia, winning it and standing on top of the podium. - 3/7/16

Iranian Businessman Buys Stake In English Soccer Team

- Iranian-British businessman Farhad Moshiri has bought a 49.9 percent stake in English Premier League team Everton FC, subject to approval by the league. Forbes, which estimates Moshiri's net worth at $1.79 billion, ranks him 894th among the world's billionaires. - 2/28/16

Iranian chess player ranks 2nd in FIDE Women's Grand Prix

- Iranian chess player Sara Sadat Khadem al-Sharieh has finished second in the Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) Grand Prix in Iran. Iran's 18-year-old international master and female grandmaster ended her campaign with 2,403 points and finished in second place. - 2/25/16

Skiing at Iran's 'gateway of the mountain'

- Located more than 3,000m above sea level, Darbandsar Ski Resort is perched high in the Alborz mountain range in the shadow of Mount Damavand, Iran's highest peak. A favourite weekend destination for many Iranians, the ski resort is about an hour's drive from the capital, Tehran. -Mohammad Ali Najib, Al Jazeera - 2/22/16

Iran Banned Women From Attending Men's Volleyball Games

- Iran banned women from attending the International Beach Volleyball Championships that ended Friday, the world volleyball governing body said. The International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB) said allowing women to attend the five-day competition at Iran's Kish Island had been a condition of its decision to let the Iranian volleyball federation host the men's tournament for the first time. - 2/21/16

Iran qualifies for FIFA Futsal World Cup

- Iran booked a place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup after defeating Kyrgyzstan 7-0 in the quarter-final of the AFC Futsal Championship at Uzbekistan Stadium on Wednesday. Iran will play Vietnam in the semi-final on Friday and host Uzbekistan face Thailand - 2/18/16

Local Authorities Defy Iran's Commitment to Federation and Refuse to Allow Women at Volleyball Match

- Despite assurances by Iranian authorities that they would comply with international rules and allow women to attend the Beach Volleyball World Championship on Kish Island, women are being turned away. - 2/18/16

Beach volleyball and women's rights in Iran?

- Beach volleyball is testing women's rights in Iran. Yes, beach volleyball in Iran. You may think that women's rights there are a secondary issue, compared with recent headlines focusing on a nuclear agreement... But in fact, this issue goes to the heart of whether Iran upholds its international agreements. -Minky Worden, CNN - 2/8/16

Wrestling with Iran

- In Iran, wrestling commands the same level of public interest as football in the United States. This is no passing fad. Wrestling is intimately entwined with the history and culture of the country, going back to the legendary matches that Persian kings conducted with their rivals...The initiative in Washington to engage in "wrestling diplomacy" began in 2009, shortly after Barack Obama entered the Oval Office. -John Feffer, LobeLog - 2/5/16

Iran's shooter Khedmati wins gold at Asia Olympic qualifiers

- Iranian female sports shooter Najmeh Khedmati has put on an awe-inspiring display of skills at the 2016 Asian Olympic Shooting Qualifying Tournament in India, and managed to snatch a gold medal. - 1/31/16

Former Iran, Persepolis striker Homayoun Behzadi dies at 74

- Former striker of Iran national football team and Persepolis Homayoun Behzadi has passed away at the age of 74 following a long battle against illness. Behzadi was inducted into the Persepolis Hall of Fame by becoming the first man to score a hat-trick against arch-rivals Esteghlal in the Tehran derby, as he helped the Reds bag a 6-nil win over the Blues in 1973. - 1/23/16

Saudis Refuse To Play Soccer In Iran, Citing Security Fears

- The rising tensions between Tehran and Riyadh reached into the sports arena, with the Saudi soccer federation citing security concerns for saying it will not to participate in matches in Iran. - 1/8/16

Iranian Soccer Player Jailed Over Photos With Unveiled Women

- A professional Iranian soccer player has been jailed after photographs published on social media showed him together with several women not wearing the Islamic hijab, as required by Iranian law. Sosha Makani, a 29-year-old goalkeeper who has competed with Iran's national team, was arrested on January 4 and jailed following a complaint by private plaintiffs, Iranian media reported -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 1/7/16

Iran opens its first marathon to tourists - but women can't compete

- Iran's first marathon invites international tourists to run to the ancient city of Persepolis, but rules prevent women from joining -Lizzie Porter, Telegraph - 12/31/15

Iranian beach soccer team ranks best in Asia

- The national Iranian men beach soccer squad has been named the best team in Asia in the November edition of the Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) rankings, standing at the sixth spot in the world. - 12/3/15

Iran's Elaheh Ahmadi stands atop air rifle women world shooting podium

- Female Iranian sports shooter Elaheh Ahmadi has been crowned as the world's best athlete of the 10-meter air rifle women division in the November edition of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rankings. - 12/2/15

Iran's Wrestling Federation slams cancellation of orchestra performance

- Rasoul Khadem, head of Iran's Wrestling Federation has called for an investigation into the cancellation of Tehran Symphonic Orchestra performance in the closing of World Wrestling Championships. - 12/1/15

Russia's Lovchev breaks weightlifting world records held by Iran's Rezazadeh

- Russian weightlifter Aleksey Lovchev has established new world records in the clean and jerk and aggregate in the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in the United States, breaking the previous record set by Iranian weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. - 11/29/15

Iran slumps to Brazil in Women's Futsal World Tournament

- Iran women's national futsal team has sustained its second group stage defeat at the 2015 Women's Futsal World Tournament in Guatemala, going down to the strong Brazilian side. The loss means Iran cannot progress to the quarterfinals, as the first two teams in each group can make it into the knockout stage. - 11/27/15

Women's Futsal Team Captain Allowed to Travel to World Championship Only after Judiciary Gives Consent

- The captain of the Iranian women's national Futsal team, Niloufar Ardalan, who was previously banned from leaving the country to play in the Asian championships in Malaysia because her husband, Mehdi Tutunchi, had not given his consent, has received permission from the Judiciary to travel with the team to Guatemala for the world futsal championship. - 11/25/15

Captain of Iranian women's futsal team permitted to leave country

- The Iranian judiciary reports that through the intervention of the football federation and other relevant government bodies, Nilofar Ardalan, an Iranian futsal athlete and national team captain, has been granted permission to leave the country to attend championship games in Guatemala. Mizan Khabar reports that the exit permit was issued with the consent of her husband. - 11/24/15

Unnamed Iranian football stars arrested at party

- Three professional Iranian football players were arrested by the authorities at a party. Khabar on line published the news on Tuesday November 18 without identifying the players, indicating only that they are well known stars from one of the country's top football teams. - 11/19/15

Iran defeats Guam 6-0 in World Cup qualifying match

- Despite missing captain Andranik Teymourian and three other players reportedly due to visa issues, Iran thrashed Guam 6-0 on Tuesday to move into top spot in Group D in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. - 11/17/15

Iran subdues Turkmenistan in FIFA World Cup qualifying

- In their fourth 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, Iranian men's national soccer team defeated Turkmenistan 3-1 to re-ascent atop Group D. Staged at Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Thursday November 12, Iranian soccer players pulled off a victory against Turkmenistan following their previous draw against Oman in a match held in Muscat October 8 - 11/13/15

Iran finishes runner-up in world bodybuilding event

- Iranian national bodybuilding squad has finished its crusade at the 68th edition of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Men's World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships and International Congress in Brazil, and hulked into second place. - 11/10/15

Iran runner-up at Brazil's 2015 Futsal Grand Prix

- Iran lost to Brazil 4-3 in the 2015 Futsal Grand Prix final match on Sunday. The Iranian team defeated Colombia (4-1), Angola (7-0), Uruguay (7-3) and Paraguay (2-0) respectively in the tournament. - 11/9/15

Rohani intervenes to let Iran's Women Futsal Team play in World Cup

- By special order of President Hassan Rohani, the Iranian Women's Futsal Team will travel to Guatemala to participate in the 2015 World Cup. The Iranian Football Federation had said that due to visa complications and a lack of funding, the team would not be able to travel to Guatemala. - 11/9/15

Iranian futsal players defeat Colombia 4-1 in Brazil games

- Iran men's national futsal team has registered its first victory at the group stage of the 10th edition of the Grand Prix de Futsal in Brazil, edging the Colombian squad. - 11/6/15

Visa Problems May Ground Iran's Women Futsal Team

- The Iranian Women's National Futsal team may be unable to compete in the 2015 World Tournament even though they won the championship in Asia. The Iranian federation says the team has begun practice; however, securing visas for all team members is a difficult task, which may keep them from joining the games in Guatemala. - 11/2/15

Iran: End Ban on Women at Volleyball Matches

- Iran should stop preventing women and girls from attending volleyball matches and take further steps to promote gender equality, opening a digital advocacy campaign to promote respect for women's rights in the country. - 10/30/15

Iran's Superman Behdad Salimi out of World Weightlifting Championship

- Iran's super heavyweight Behdad Salimi has a torn ACL and missed the 2015 World Weightlifting Championship. Salimi was helped off the field after suffering a serious knee injury which occurred in the training on Monday. - 10/28/15

Organs of brain dead Iranian sportswoman donated

- The vital organs of female Iranian athlete Reyhaneh Beheshti have been donated to patients in need of transplantation to save their lives, nearly a week after the young sportswoman was diagnosed as brain dead. - 10/19/15

Captain of Iran's Persepolis football team dies of cardiac arrest

- Iranian soccer player Hadi Norouzi has lost his life after suffering a heart attack, in what has been described as the second tragedy to strike the Islamic Republic's soccer in nearly a month. - 10/2/15

Eight of Iran's women's football team 'are men', league official claims

- Eight of Iran's women's football team 'are men', it has been claimed. The Iranian FA has been branded 'unethical', after it was alleged the players were actually men awaiting sex change operations. -Mirror, UK - 10/1/15

Hawks Add Arsalan Kazemi To Training Camp Roster

- The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed forward Arsalan Kazemi (are-suh-lahn kah-ZEE-me) to a contract, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. - 9/30/15

Iran: No government fanfare for victorious women's futsal team

- The Iranian Women's National Futsal team, which won the Asian Championship Cup last week, arrived in Tehran on Sunday September 27 without any reception from the country's Ministry of Sport. - 9/30/15
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