Aban 2 1399 - October 23 2020
Iranian teams' football rivalry reveals ugly side to the beautiful game

An Asian Champions League match has magnified a bitter feud between Tehran's Persepolis and Esteghlal teams, prompting accusations of collaboration with Saudi Arabia -Saeid Jafari, Middle East Eye 10/16/20

Iran Lifts Restrictions to Let Women Compete in Bodybuilding Competitions

Restrictions have been lifted in Iran to allow women to compete in bodybuilding competitions across the country. It was a welcome change for some tough ladies, who have been in training waiting for this day to come. Azam Farahani, 29, is one of them. She lives In Tehran with her family and has been active in bodybuilding for seven years. -Yahoo 10/8/20

Epic by Iranians: Persepolis football team advance to 2020 ACL final

Persepolis booked a place at the 2020 AFC Champions League final for the second time in three years after beating Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia in a penalty shootout. Persepolis football club advanced to the final with a 5-3 win on penalties against Al Nassr after the West Zone semi-final ended 1-1 after 120 minutes at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Saturday. 10/5/20

Iran's Persepolis defeats UAE's Sharjah to seal Group C top spot in ACL

Persepolis of Iran football team defeated Emirati side Sharjah 4-0 on Thursday to seal top spot in Group C of the 2020 AFC Champions League. Persepolis and Sharjah needed a win to book their berth in the knockout stage but the Iranian team dominated their opponents from the start of the match. 9/25/20

Iran's Esteghlal defeats Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli, gets into 2020 ACL Round of 16

Iran's Esteghlal football team defeated Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia to book a place at the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16. Esteghlal beat Al Ahli 3-0 at the Al Janoub Stadium in Doha in Group A. 9/24/20

Al Nassr top group after Al Sadd held in Asian Champions League thriller

Saudi club Al Nassr stormed to the top of Group D with a 2-0 win over Iran's Sepahan on Tuesday after Qatar's Al Sadd were held 3-3 by Al Ain in a thriller on the second day of Asian Champions League action in the Doha hub. The group stage of the western half of the continent's premier club competition resumed in Qatar on Monday after a seven-month coronavirus shutdown. -Reuters 9/16/20

Iranians set world record of moving truck with teeth

The photo album depicts some photos of Khuzestanis while moving trucks with their teeth and setting the world record. Faezeh and Pouria Sarlak set the world record of moving 1 and 3 trucks respectively with their teeth on Monday. -Ali Moaref, IRNA 9/2/20

Reyhaneh Mobini breaks Iran's long jump record after 45 years

Reyhaneh Mobini set a new record in the Iran's running long jump in Tehran Grand Prix on Monday. Mobini leapt 6.17 meters and bettered the record by three centimeters, set by Touran Shadpour in 1974 Asian Games. 8/25/20

Prosecutor Denies Ban On Women's Cycling In Iranian City

The prosecutor in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi has denied that women in the provincial capital, Mashhad, have been banned from cycling. Prosecutor Mohammad Hossein Doroody was quoted on August 5 by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying that the judiciary had not issued any ban in this regard. -RFE/RL 8/6/20

ONE Championship signs former Greco-Roman champ Amir Aliakbari

"My name is Amir Aliakbari," Aliakbari said in a statement provided to ESPN. "This is the real Iron Sheik, the pride of Iran. USA have one guy named Iron Sheik but he's a fake -- fake wrestler. I'm glad to sign with ONE Championship, I'm going to invade their heavyweight division, and fight Brandon Vera. When I'm finished with him they're not going to recognize him because I will disfigure his face. I believe I'm the best heavyweight in the world today. I'm unstoppable. I'm coming to ONE Championship and I'm bringing the entire Persian army with me -- no one is safe." -ESPN 8/5/20

Sardar Azmoun wins RPL Golden Boot

Zenit striker Sardar Azmoun ended the 2019-20 Russian Premier League (RPL) season as top scorer. He scored a goal in the 2-1 win against Rostov Wednesday night. Both Azmoun and teammate Artem Dzyuba played 28 games, with both forwards scoring 17 goals, but the Iranian was ahead of the Russian striker by virtue of fewer goals from the penalty spot. 7/24/20

Sadaf Khadem: 'The problem is boxing, not the hijab - in Iran they say men only'

The 25-year-old is forging a growing reputation in France and dreams of Olympic gold but laments her exile from Iran, where the idea of a woman boxing is frowned upon. Sadaf Khadem came from the mountains and underground gyms of Tehran to Royan, a seaside town in south-west France, so that she could have the freedom to fight. She came alone. In the salty air of Royan, she respectfully replaced the hijab with a blue headguard and gumshield. Khadem had already pulled on a vest and shorts and boxing boots. -Donald McRae, Guardian 7/22/20

Documentary "Lift-up" to chronicle life story of Iran's history-making woman weightlifter

Iranian filmmaker Reza Surani is making the documentary "Lift-up" about the life story of Pupak Basami, who is the first woman from post-revolution Iran to compete in an international weightlifting tournament. Basami wrote her name into the history books as the first Iranian woman who participated in the Asian Weightlifting Championships in April 2019. 7/14/20

Iran's 'Ancient Sport' Not A Man's World Anymore

Iran's "ancient sport" -- or "varzesh bastani" -- a traditional form of athletics that combines elements of Islam and ancient Persian beliefs, has long been a male-only domain. But not so much anymore. In recent years, an increasing number of women have taken on the discipline. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL 6/22/20

Reza Goodary, known as the 'Persian Leopard' eagerly discusses his martial arts career

Mohammadreza Goodary (also called Reza Goodary) has a storied martial arts career behind him and was exposed to the sport at the young age of 7. Since then Reza has competed in hundreds of matches in several different disciplines and became the first fighter from Iran who's gotten international titles for the martial arts of Karate, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu. Reza kindly answered some questions for us so you can learn a little bit more about him. -Sunrise News 6/4/20

Women's Boxing Banned In Iran's Khuzestan Province

Khuzestan has become Iran's first province to officially ban women's boxing. "Any activity in women's boxing is prohibited in the province," the head of Khuzestan's boxing board, Hamid Zanganehmanesh, said on May 31, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency. Referring to a recent letter from the president of the Iranian boxing federation, Zanganehmanesh said all women's boxing activities were prohibited in Khuzestan, including coaching, training, and theory classes. 6/2/20

Ali Daei: The Story of the Iranian who Scored 109 International Goals

Born in Ardabil, Iran in 1969, Ali Daei is Iran's most decorated footballer. No footballer, past or present, has been able to touch his record. From 1993 until his retirement in 2007, Daei plundered an astonishing 109 goals for his country, making him the only player to break the century mark at international level. -Sports Nova 6/1/20

Iranian skater Mohammad Nemati dies of Covid-19

Iran national skate team member Mohammad Nemati died of Coronavirus on Tuesday. He has died at the age of 20 in his hometown Mashhad. According to Iran's Health Ministry as of Wednesday the number of coronavirus cases in the country has reached 141,591 with the death toll standing at 7,564. 5/27/20

Athletics star takes to rooftop to train in virus-hit Iran

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world's athletes to keep fit in confinement, and for top Iranian athlete Maryam Toosi, that has meant training on the rooftop of her apartment. Toosi's exploits as a sprinter have made her a household name in the Islamic republic. -AFP 5/20/20

Mahdi Parsfar is changing the face of Iranian bodybuilding by taking it to a global level

Bodybuilding has gained immense popularity since the last few years. One man who is making a significant contribution to the Iranian bodybuilding community is Mahdi Parsafar. He is a sports manager working in this field for almost a decade. Since the last 8 years, Mahdi has helped in solving many complex problems faced by Iranian athletes and the community. He has got tremendous knowledge about bodybuilding and with his experience, Mahdi has worked with many reputed athletes and bodybuilders including Baitullah Abbasport and Hadi Choopan. -The Statesman 5/19/20

Surf sensitively: the modest wetsuit inspired by Iran's women surfers

The wetsuit is the result of a six-year design project between Finisterre and product designers at Falmouth and Plymouth Universities, to create something that was functional and safe to surf in, as well as culturally sensitive. It began after Britton's trips to Iran, first in 2010 and then again in 2013, to film a documentary about surfing in the country. "That was my first dabble into how to put together hijab-appropriate surfwear," she said. -Lucy Douglas, Positive.News 5/18/20

Sara Khadem returns to Iran national chess team

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, also known as Sara Khadem, who had announced her retirement from Iran national chess team, has returned to the national team. On January 12, Khadem had published a photo on her Instagram account and said she has retired from national team. 5/8/20

Iran to form women's para powerlifting team

Iran will form the women's para powerlifting team for the first time. Iran Sports Federation for the Disabled Vice President Mojgan Nasiri has said that the female para powerlifters will par take at the international events after the Ministry of Sports and Youth confirms their dress code. 4/21/20

Iran's Firouzja makes history at Banter Blitz Cup

16-year-old Alireza Firouzja claimed a historic 8.5:7.5 victory to defeat reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the final of the $14,000 Banter Blitz Cup. In a thrilling contest, broadcast worldwide, Firouzja, who was featured by Mirror as an upcoming talent recently, earned applauds from Carlsen himself. 4/17/20

The Gehrig Twins Share Tales of Mountain Biking in Iran, and EWS Competition

How cool would it be to have a sibling who is also your friend and race mate? Swiss enduro pros Anita and Caro Gehrig live in that dream scenario, and their Norco Twins Racing squad is quite fierce on the elite Enduro World Series circuit...The Gehrigs toured some of the finest singletracks across the western Asian nation, and we checked in with them to learn more about the riding there. -Brian Gerow, Single Tracks 4/14/20

Lionel Messi thanks Iranian wonderkid Arat

Lionel Messi broke social networks after responding to the video of Arat Hosseini, who showed off his skills in a Barcelona shirt. It was in Instagram where the Argentine star surprised Arat thanking the gesture he had. "Thanks Arat!! I see a lot of class there, impressive! Hug!!". 4/14/20

Ehsan Hadadi, Iran's first Olympic track and field medalist, is infected with coronavirus

The World Athletics has wished discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi success in his fight against the novel coronavirus infection. "We've received word that Iranian discus thrower @EhsanHadadi has tested positive for Coronavirus. We wish him a full and swift recovery," the world governing body tweeted on Sunday. 3/30/20

Siamand Rahman, World's Strongest Paralympian, Dies at 32

The strongest ever Paralympian, Siamand Rahman, passed away at the age of 32 on Sunday. Rahman died after suffering a heart attack at the Nabi-akram Hospital in Oshnavieh, West Azarbaijan province. Powerlifting superstar Rahman, a two-time gold medalist in London 2012 and Rio 2016, was preparing to win his third successive gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. 3/2/20

Football Games To Continue In Iran As A Female Player Dies Of Coronavirus

Authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran have suspended all sports events except football and futsal (soccer) matches in the next ten days due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The suspension will start from next Monday, April 2, the authorities said. Meanwhile, it has been disclosed that a 22-year-old member of Iranian women's futsal national team, Elham Sheikhi, has died of Covid-19, or coronavirus. 2/28/20

Coronavirus Casualty: Iran water polo in shock over FINA's decision

Iran Swimming Federation still is in shock after International Swimming Federation (FINA) introduced Kazakhstan as Asia's water polo representative in the 2020 Olympic Games. The competition, featuring men's and women's teams from China, Iran, Japan South Korea, and host Kazakhstan, would have determined the Asian representatives for the 2020 Olympics, but it was cancelled due to coronavirus and the decision to cancel was precipitated by the Kazakh government. 2/18/20

Dragan Skocic named coach of Iran national football team

Dragan Skocic has been officially appointed as Team Melli's new head coach, following the departure of Mark Wilmots. Skocic, who had recently parted ways with Iranian club Sanat Naft Abadan, took the helm of Iran's National Team on Thursday. 2/7/20

'Protest Migration' Of Athletes Serious Challenge, Iran Olympic Chairman

The Chairman of Iran's Olympic Committee says "protest migration" of Iranian athletes and elite is "extremely worrying" and a "serious challenge to the country at present and in the future". In a note published on the website of Iran's National Olympic Committee on February 2, Reza Salehi-Amiri said emigration is a "social thermometer" and reveals the inadequacies and constraints of the country and society emigrants leave behind. 2/5/20

Iranian Tae Kwon Do Fighter Farzad Zolghadri Moves To Bulgaria With Olympic Dream

Farzad Zolghadri, an Iranian tae kwon do fighter who moved to Bulgaria this month, says he wants to represent the Balkan country at this summer's Olympics in Tokyo, insisting that his decision has "nothing to do with politics." Speaking on January 30 after a training session with the Bulgarian national team in Sofia, Zolghadri said he had made the move because his chances of getting to the Olympics are higher with Bulgaria than with Iran, where tae kwon do is "hugely popular." -RFE/RL 1/31/20

Iran crowned CAFA U19 Girl's Futsal champions

Iran claimed the title of the CAFA U19 Girl's Futsal Championship 2020 on Wednesday. The Iranian team defeated Kyrgyz Republic 2-0 in their last match. The Persian maintained their 100 percent record in the five matches. 1/30/20

FOOTBALL: AFC reverses ban on Iran hosting international matches

The Asian Football Confederation, the AFC, has retreated from its initial decision to ban Iranian clubs from hosting international football matches, as the sides reached an agreement to narrow it down to just two encounters. Last week, the AFC had decided to ban the four football teams representing Iran in the AFC Champions League, including Esteghlal, Persepolis, Sepahan and Shahr Khodro, from hosting their ties, arguing that flights over the country are not safe. 1/24/20

'Unsporty and political': Anger as AFC matches moved out of Iran

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has moved two Asian Champions League matches out of Iran citing security concerns in the country. In a statement on Twitter, the AFC said on Wednesday that two home matches involving Iranian teams "have been moved to neutral venues because of ongoing security concerns and the decision of several governments to issue travel warnings to the Islamic Republic of Iran". -Maysam Bizaer, Al Jazeera 1/23/20

Iranian Female Sprinter Farzaneh Fasihi Dreams Of Reaching Olympics

Female sprinter Farzaneh Fasihi, dubbed the Wind Girl, comes close to fulfilling her dream of reaching the Olympic Games. Fasihi has recently secured her place at the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships, running 7.29 second time in the 60 meters event. She has become the first Iranian woman to participate at the World Athletics Indoor Championships. 1/21/20

Iran slams AFC bias over ban on Iranian football teams hosting home matches

Iranian Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Masoud Soltanifar has slammed a decision by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to ban Iranian football teams from hosting home club matches, blaming anti-Iran media hype for the measure taken by the football governing body. On Saturday, an Iranian legislator censured the AFC's decision to ban four Iranian football clubs from hosting their rivals in the country, saying the move indicates that the Asian football's governing body has been caught in a political trap. -Press TV 1/20/20

Iran Banned From Hosting International Soccer Matches

Iranian teams have been banned from playing international matches on Iranian soil, the Islamic republic's football federation said on January 17. It said the decision was made by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and announced in a letter. Iranian football officials did not say if the decision was related to the accidental shoot-down of a Ukrainian jetliner last week, which killed all 176 people on board. -RFE/RL 1/18/20

Iran's sole female Olympic medalist says she's defected

Iran's sole female Olympic medalist, Kimia Alizadeh, has announced that she's permanently left her country for Europe. "Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences," the 21-year-old wrote in an Instagram post explaining why she was defecting. "I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years." -CNN 1/13/20

Colin Kaepernick attacks US 'imperialism' in wake of Suleimani strike

Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who has used his platform to highlight racial injustice within the United States, has turned his attention to the country's foreign policy, attacking American "imperialism" in a series of tweets on Saturday. The former San Francisco 49ers star's comments came after the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani by a US drone, although Kaepernick did not mention the incident directly. -Tom Lutz, Guardian 1/5/20

Brighton's Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores stunning goal against Chelsea

Brighton winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh started 2020 in style as the Iranian scored a stunning acrobatic bicycle kick against Chelsea on Wednesday at the Amex Stadium. Jahanbakhsh came off the bench in the 69th minute with his team 1-0 down after Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta's opener early in the game, but salvaged a point with an acrobatic strike six minutes from time. 1/2/20

Brighton 2-0 Bournemouth: Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores in Seagulls win

Alireza Jahanbakhsh said it was "an emotional moment" to score his first goal for Brighton as they beat relegation rivals Bournemouth in the Premier League. The Iran winger, making his 27th appearance for the club, blasted home from 16 yards after Neal Maupay's lay-off. -BBC 12/31/19

Iranian Chess Player Who Refused To Play For His Country Wins Silver Medal At World Championship

Alireza Firouzja, a top-rated chess player from Iran and the world's No. 2 ranked junior player, has won the silver medal at the World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship in Moscow after competing under the flag of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). Firouzja, 16, had decided not to play for his country in an apparent reaction to the Islamic republic's ban on competing against Israeli players. -RFE/RL 12/30/19

Iranian woman goalkeeper Zahra Khajavi sets new record for not conceding a goal

Vochan Kordestan goalkeeper Zahra Khajavi set a new record in Iran football for minutes without conceding a goal. She extended her team shut-out run to 950 minutes, surpassing Sepahan stopper Payam Niazmand's old mark of 935. 12/27/19

Iranian Women Make History: 2019 World Alysh Champions!

Iran's women's team made history by winning the 2019 World Alysh (Belt Wrestling) Championships for the first time on Monday. Team Melli claimed the title with 93 points, followed by Kyrgyz Republic (89) and Kazakhstan (63). The Iranian women won three medals in the competition. 12/24/19

Bust of Legendary Iranian goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi unveiled in Tehran

A bust of legendary Iranian goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi was unveiled in Tehran during a ceremony on Tuesday. The ceremony was attended by Hejazi's family, fans and former players of Esteghlal club, IRNA news agency reported. 12/20/19

Afshin Ghotbi: '1998 had a bigger magnitude for Iranians than Americans'

Whether Afshin Ghotbi is the most successful American coach working today is something that can be debated but when it comes to a variety of soccer experiences, surely this 55-year-old stands head and shoulders above the rest. Only one thing is missing: a job back in the USA. A top job anyway. It is now 21 years since he went to the 1998 World Cup as part of Steve Sampson's coaching staff when the United States, his home since the age of 13, lost 2-1 to Iran, the land of his birth, in Lyon. -John Duerden, Guardian 12/18/19

Iranian trailblazer's Olympic dream faces U.S. immigration hurdle

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Iranian sprinter Maryam Toosi has been desperately trying to come to the U.S. to pursue her Olympic Games dream, but is still trying to overcome one seemingly insurmountable hurdle -- President Donald Trump's travel ban. The 31-year-old, who shot to fame by winning gold in the 400 metres at the 2012 Asian Indoor Championships while wearing a hijab headscarf, has been waiting in legal limbo for three years after applying for an American visa to train and compete. -Reuters 12/17/19

How foreign football coaches in Iran are collateral damage to US sanctions

Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran on Monday but unlike recent protests decrying a jump in the price of petrol, this particular rally demanded the return of an Italian football manager. Andrea Stramaccioni, who previously managed Inter Milan and Udinese, quit as head coach of Tehran's Esteghlal FC on Sunday over failed payments. The reason? US sanctions. -Euro News 12/13/19

Has Iran's award-winning actress left Iran to escape prosecution?

Ever since her marriage in 2014 to the son of a powerful Iranian hard-liner, Mahnaz Afshar, an actress with an uncanny resemblance to 1970s mini-skirted idol Googoosh, has been a figure of controversy in Iran. The recent debate is related to her appearance in November as one of the judges on the show "Persia's Got Talent," broadcast on a Saudi-funded TV channel -- right at the height of political tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. -Rohollah Faghihi, Al Monitor 12/13/19

Iranian Girl Wins Reputation by Walking a Thin Line

Reyhaneh Armaghani is an Iranian girl whose unusual career and field of sport, highlining, has won her some reputation. She walks on a thin belt, practices slack line and unicycle, and works at heights. "I got acquainted with this field at the 2014 Climbing Festival in Kermanshah," Reyhaneh Armaghani told Hamshahri newspaper in a recent interview. -IFP 12/9/19

Iranian women footballers runners-up at CAFA U23 Championship

Iran finished CAFA U23 Women's Championship with heads held high. Maryam Azmoun's team finished runners up after the team defeated Afghanistan 7-0 in their final match. The CAFA Championship is an international football competition in Central Asia for the member nations of the Central Asian Football Association (CAFA). 11/29/19

Iran football team needs fresh impetus to qualify for World Cup

It's not weird that Team Melli suffered back-to-back defeats in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Bahrain and Iraq. Team Melli needs the young and talented players to keep going. Iran is in danger of not qualifying for the FIFA World Cup qualification next stage, while Team Melli was widely regarded as the Group C favorites. -Masoud Hossein, Tehran Times 11/19/19

Iranian woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini makes history by winning medal

Elham Hosseini became the first Iranian woman to win a medal in an international weightlifting tournament. Hosseini claimed a bronze medal at the 2019 Weightlifting IWF Naim Suleymanoglu Tournament on Saturday. 11/18/19

2022 World Cup qualification: Lackluster Iran suffer late loss against Iraq

Iran national football team suffered a second successive loss in the 2022 World Cup qualification, losing to Iraq 2-1 on Thursday. In the match held in neutral venue Amman, Mohanad Ali gave the Iraqi team the lead from the edge of the six-yard area in the 11th minute after the Iranian defenders failed to clear the ball. 11/15/19

Iran takes the crown at Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup

Title-holders Iran defeated Spain 6-3 at the 2019 Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup final match at Jumeirah's Kite Beach on Saturday. Iran won the competition for the third time. The Persians had already won the title in 2013 and 2018. 11/11/19

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran defeats Russia in penalty shootout

Iran advanced to the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup semis as the group winners after defeating Russia on Thursday. Team Melli, who had already defeated Mexico and Egypt in Group B, beat Russia 5-4 in a penalty shootout after finishing on 3-3 at the end of regulation time. 11/8/19

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran defeats Egypt 5-3, heads to semis

Iran booked a place at the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai semifinals Wednesday night. Team Melli beat Egypt 5-3 at the Kite Beach in Jumeirah thanks to a hat-trick from Amirhossein Akbari. Mostafa Kiani and Mohammad Masoumizadeh also scored goals. 11/7/19

Iran kicks off Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup by defeating Mexico 7-4

Iran started Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai on a high note Tuesday night, beating Mexico 7-4 in Group B. The UAE lost to Spain 2-1 in a penalty shootout after finishing on 2-2 at the end of regulation time. Asian champions Japan also beat Italy 6-4. Iran will meet Egypt on Wednesday and Russia play Mexico. 11/6/19

Iran U23 Greco-Roman team wins world title

Iran Greco-Roman team won the title of the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday. The Iranian team finished in first place with 122 points, followed by Georgia (121) and Russia (118). Iran won three gold and three bronze medals in the competition. 11/4/19

Iran's freestyle wrestling team finishes second at U23 World Championships

Iran freestyle team became runners-up at the 2019 U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Iranian team won three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes in the competition. 10/31/19

Iranian woman skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah wins BP Courage Award

The BP Courage Award was presented to Iranian cross-country skier Elaheh Gholi Fallah on Friday. She became the first Iranian female to qualify for a Paralympic Winter Games, Paralympic.org reported. 10/27/19

Iran Wushu Sanda team claims world title

Iran's eight-member Sanda team claimed eight gold medals and won the title of the 15th World Wushu Championships (WWC) in Shanghai, China. Iran had won three gold medals in the women's divisions. China won the championships in Taolu and Sanda, winning 10 gold medals and one bronze. Iran became runners-up with eight gold medals, two silvers and one bronze. 10/24/19

Iranian women win two more medals at World Wushu Championships

Iranian Talolu practitioners won two more medals at the 15th edition of the World Wushu Championships on Tuesday. Hanieh Rajabi won a silver medal at the nandao discipline and Zahra Kiani snatched a bronze medal at the Women's Changquan. 10/23/19

World Judo Federation Bans Iran Over Refusal To Face Israel

Iran has been banned from international judo competitions indefinitely over the country's refusal to face Israeli competitors. The International Judo Federation (IJF) issued a temporary ban last month while investigating a report that Iran had ordered a judoka to deliberately throw a match at the world championships to avoid facing an Israeli competitor in the following round. -RFE/RL 10/23/19

Two golds for Iranian women, one for men in 15th World Wushu Championships

Iranian athletes collected three gold medals in the 15th edition of World Wushu Championships underway in Shanghai, China. In women's Sanda competitions, Shahrbanoo Mansourian and Maryam Hashemi snatched two gold medals. 10/22/19

Iranian Woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini eyes Olympics berth

Iranian woman weightlifter Elham Hosseini is targeting the Tokyo Olympics. Hosseini was part of Iran national team who participated at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand for the first time. Hosseini, who finished in 16th place in the women's 71kg with a total of 191kg, has participated in qualifying events so far. 10/21/19

Iran beach soccer team wins bronze at World Beach Games

Iran national beach soccer team claimed a bronze medal at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games semifinals on Wednesday. Iran defeated Italy 3-1 in the penalty shootout after two teams drew 5-5 at regular and extra time. 10/17/19

Bahrain defeats Iran 1-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifier

Iran suffered a 1-0 loss against Bahrain at matchday 4 of Asia's Round 2 qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in Group C on Tuesday. Uzbekistani referee Valentin Kovalenko awarded a penalty stroke to Bahrain in the 65th minute which Mohamed Al Hardan coolly slotted home at Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa. 10/16/19

Iran fails to advance to ANOC World Beach Games soccer final

Iran beach soccer team lost to Russia 6-2 at the Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games semifinals on Tuesday. Iran will face either Brazil or Italy in the bronze medal match on Wednesday. 10/16/19

Volleyball: Iran falls to Poland in last match at FIVB World Cup

Iran finished the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup with a loss against Poland. On Monday, Team Melli lost to Poland 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16) at Hiroshima Green Arena. Wilfredo Leon Venero led Poland with 17 points and Porya Yali scored 14 points for Iran. 10/16/19

Iran Minister Says More Stadiums Made Ready To Accept Women Fans

Iran's minister of sports says that ten stadiums have been readied to accept female fans, after a 38-year ban was broken on October 10, when women were allowed to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch a soccer match. -Radio Farda 10/15/19

Iran defeats Senegal at ANOC World Beach Games

Iran beach soccer team defeated Senegal in Group C at the Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games Sunday night. Two teams drew 6-6 in the regular time and went to extra time. They each scored two goals and the game went to a penalty shootout where Iran won 3-1. 10/14/19

Volleyball: Italy overpowers Iran in epic match at FIVB World Cup

Italy rallied from two sets down to defeat Iran 3-2 (25-27, 27-29, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup on Monday at Hiroshima Green Arena. Italy's Dick Kooy racked up a game-high 28 points and Milad Ebadipour scored 23 points for Iran. 10/14/19

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