Iran’s youth and junior national climbing team training in Hamedan (Photos)

Twenty seven athletes from Iran’s youth and junior national climbing team participated end of July at a four-day training camp in Hamedan to improve their speed, leed and bouldering skills.

Sources: Iran Mountaneering and Sport Climbing Federation | News, Borna News | Photos, IRNA | Photos

Football World Stars beat Iranian Stars in Tehran Charity Match to raise money for MS patients (Photos)

The World Stars team included Michel Salgado (captain), Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Fabio Cannavaro, Guti, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Vitor Baia, Bodo Illgner, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Steve McManaman, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Gaizka Mendieta, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen, Christian Karembeu, Boudewijn Zenden and Santiago Solari. Iran’s All-Star team featured 1998 and 2006 Iran World Cup players as well as Iranian celebrities.

The World Stars team takes the field once a month in a country to raise funds for people who are suffering from a disease or disaster. Support for Ebola patients in Africa was one of the latest fundraisers of this team. The match was held to raise money for MS patients.

The game
The constellation of world-renowned former soccer giants, including Vitor Baia, Luis Figo, Marcel Desailly, Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes, known as Pauleta, as well as Fabio Cannavaro, edged the Iranian side 3-0 in a fixture staged at Azadi stadium in western Iran.

On the 24th minute, the world stars were awarded a free kick, which Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos, adroitly landed just inside the Iranians’ net. In the 31st minute, Figo cracked a terrific shot into the bottom corner of the net to put the world’s all-star team 2-0 ahead.

Shortly afterwards, Iran’s Alireza Mansourian, who is currently manager of Naft Tehran F.C. in Iran Pro League, delivered a pass to Farhad Majidi, who shot. The goalkeeper for world stars’ team, Vitor Baia, parried the shot outside the penalty area, and the referee, Afshariya, flashed the red card. However, he altered his decision due to the nature of the match and showed the Portuguese retired footballer the yellow card.​

Pauleta seized a golden opportunity one minute before the breather and scored the third goal for the world retired soccer giants. The match lost its momentum after the break, and both squads did not threaten each others’ posts.

Sources: Payvand News 1, Payvand News 2, Tasnim News Agency, IRNA, Borna News

Iran wins 3rd place in FIVB U19 Volleyball World Championship 2015 in Argentina

An incredible tournament-high production of 40 points from Iranian star Rasoul Aghchehli ejected the Asians to a remarkable bronze medal as they won over previous champions Russia 3-1 (25-17, 26-28, 25-16, 25-23).

Iranian captain worked at their maximum and he completed 36 spikes and 4 blocks, to break all previous records. Rasoul was escorted by Mirbabak Mousavigargari and Aliasghar Mojarad, with 13 and 12 points respectively. On top of that, Rasoul won a terrific battle of opposites over powerful Russian Dmitry Yakovlev, who led his side with 26 tallies. Yakovlev had in middle-blocker Aleksandr Melnikov his best supporter with 13 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Iranian machinery.

 

Iran finished second behind Poland on the group stage, winning against Germany on the round of 16 and although they were only a few inches away from elimination, Iran resurged from ashes and achieved a spectacular return to rule out Italy 3:2 (17:25, 22:25, 25:20, 25:20, 15:11) and move to semifinals, where they lost against champion Poland 3:1.

Iran improved his previous run with the step onto the podium, as they were left out on the very verge of it on Mexico 2013, finishing fourth. Russia fell out of the top, as the gold medal will now change hands.

Iran U19 national volleyball team
Iran’s youth team have won seven gold medals and a silver medal – the best record in this age group in the Asian region. Last year, the team earned the qualification ticket to the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship in Argentina after an unbeaten run in the continental championship. The result is the product of a long-term project of Iran to serve as a farm of talents for the senior men’s team. In the World Championship, Iranian youth have been a consistent force in the final, finishing with a gold medal in 2007, two silver medals in 2001 and 2009, a bronze medal in 2003, and a fourth place finish in the last edition.

Source: 2015 U19 FIVB Men Volleyball Championship | News, FIVB | Press releases, 2015 U19 FIVB Men Volleyball Championship | Iran

Morteza Jafari: First Iranian gold medal at the FIS Grass Skiing World Cup competition held in Dizin, Iran (Photos)

Iranian skier Seyyed Morteza Jafari made history at the Grass Skiing World Cup in Dizin, collecting the Iran’s first gold medal in the sport. After winning a silver medal in Super G, he finished in the first place in the giant slalom competitions with a time of 51:09 seconds, followed by Italian Eduardo Frau with 51:78 and Austrian Michael Stocker with 51:98. Slovakian Barbara Mikova won gold medals in Ladies’ Giant Slalom and Ladies’ Super G.

The tournament, that brought together skiers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland and Iran, was organized in Dizin. It is the third time, that this ski resort located in the Alborz mountain range and near the capital Tehran, hosts a Grass Skiing World Cup event.

The World Cup season 2015 got underway on July with giant slalom and slalom competitions in Predklasteri (Czech Republic) before moving to Ravascletto (Italy) for slalom events on 17th and 18th July. The tour stopped in Dizin (Iran) on 6th and 7th August, and Marbachegg (Switzerland) on 15th and 16th August, both for giant slalom and super-G events. The World Cup Finals will be held from 21st-23rd September in Kaprun (Austria).

The two major highlights of the season will be the Junior World Championships in Stitna (Czech Republic) from 28th July-2nd August and the World Championships in Tambre (Italy) from 1st-6th September.

Full Dizin Grass Skiing WC results: International Ski Federation (FIS) | Event results

Sources: FIS | News, Tehran Times | News, Team Iran | Skiing News, Press TV | News, Tasnim News | Photos (01-06), ISNA | Photos (07-19), IRNA | Photos (20-46), Fars News Agency | Photos (47-58), BORNA News | Photos (59-76)

Tehran calligraphy show promoting Iranian calico art

An exhibition of works by calligraphers Omid Ganjali and Mohsen Soleimani opened at Tehran’ Niavaran Cultural Center on Sunday to promote qalamkari, Iranian calico art that the artists believe is being forgotten.

The artworks were previously showcased at “From Earth to Heaven”, an exhibition that the Salam Art Creations Institute, a Tehran-based private organization developing Iranian arts, held at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul in July.

Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr for ISNA

All 30 calligraphy works are huge in size with designs of qalamkari done on their margins. Qalamkari is passing into oblivion in the country, Salam Art Creations Institute Managing Director Rafi Razavi told the Persian service of ISNA. The exhibition was organized to turn the spotlight on Iranian art, he added. “We need to take serious action to support artisans and masters who are still active in this field of time-honored art,” he stated.

The exhibition will run until August 25.

Sources: Tehran Times | Art Desk News, ISNA | Photos

Iranian ‘Mehr Theatre Group’ is in Europe performing its new play ‘Hearing’

The Mehr Theatre Group, an Iranian troupe led by director/writer Amir-Reza Kuhestani, will be performing the play Hearing in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and France. The show centers on events happening in a girls’ dormitory.

Hearing premiered at Tehran’s City Theater in July before going on stage in Zurich, Switzerland at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. They are attending the Noorderzon Festival in Groningen, the Netherlands with performances on August 25th and August 26th.

The troupe will next return to Geneva, Switzerland to perform Hearing on August 29th and August 31st at the La Bâtie, a festival of theater performances and film screenings. In September they will be heading to Frankfurt, Germany and Marseille, France. Full schedule: Mehr Theatre Group | Tour dates

About Hearing (Synopsis)
The girls’ dormitory was always like an unattainable castle. […] After the entrance door, a female world begun in which the entree of any man was prohibited. […] Now, presume that in a situation like this, one day, a girl reported that she had heard a man in one of the rooms. This would be the starting point of the performance.
More about the show: Mehr Theatre Group | Hearing

About Mehr Theatre Group
Mehr Theatre Group was created in 1996. The aim was to create a new type of theater — far from the traditional Iranian theater — based on new stage direction and a new acting style influenced by film. At first, Amir Reza Koohestani joined the Mehr Theatre Group to participate in their acting workshop, but after 6 months of the workshop they decided to produce theater productions based on their training. Since Amir was the only one with writing background he dedicated his time to write for the theater. […] The Mehr Theatre Group is today one of the most well known Iranian theater companies in Iran and has gained international acclaim with successful performances across the world. More about the troupe: Mehr Theatre Group

Below, a trailer of Timeloss, their last work before Hearing, also presented at the Under The Radar Film Festival in New York, USA. Other trailers: Mehr Theatre Group | Videos

About Amir Reza Koohestani
Amir Reza Koohestani is one of Iran’s most successful and prolific playwright-directors. With his third play, Dance on Glasses (2001), in tour for four years, Amir Reza Koohestani gained international notoriety and found the support of several European theatrical artistic directors and festivals. In February 2012, the movie Modest Reception, which script was co-written by Koohestani and Mani Haghighi – actor and film director – wins the Netpac Award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012. He is the first director to win two consecutive awards for the “Best theatre production of the year” in Iran (Ivanov, 2011 and The Fourth Wall, 2012). More about him: Mehr Theatre Group | Amir Reza Koohestani

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Sources: Tehran Times | Art Desk, Mehr Theatre Group