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Photos: BMX Competition at Ghaem Park in Tehran, Iran

The 1st official BMX Competitions at Tehran’s Qaem (Ghaem) Park was held on May 8th.

Qaem Park is located in Tehran’s 18th district covering an area of 50 hectares. It has a children’s playground, an artificial pond and hosts various types of trees (orange, elm, cedar, maple and olive trees, mulberries, acacia, pines, etc.)

Sources: Mehr News Agency | Photos, Tehran Municipality | Parks, Tehran Tochal International Trade | Projects: Ghaem Park

Photo gallery: Alvares Ski Resort in Iran’s Ardabil Province

Iran Sareyn Sarein MapAlvares is a ski resort in Iran’s northern province of Ardabil. It is the second standard ski resort in Iran and is situated in the village of Alvares which is located 24 kilometers away from the city of Sareyn.

Sources: TASNIM | Photos, Wikipedia | Sareyn

Photos: International Equestrian Tournament for teenage jockeys in Tehran, Iran

Thirty eight jockeys competed in the 1st International Equestrian Tournament for Juniors (jockeys aged between 14 and 18) organized by the Equestrian Federation of Iran.

The tournament took place near Chitgar Park at Azadi Equestrian Complex, Tehran. Embassadors from Belgium, Belarus, Spain and Turkmenistan visited the event. The first place went to Sobhan Youssefi riding Fouravar, Arshia Tassafi riding Butterfly took the second place and Amir Azsalan Tambakoukar riding Jalisco the third.

In another competition, Salar Golestanian riding Anora won the first place, Mehrdad Ameri riding Karbeh the second and Sobhan Yousefi riding Fouravar the third place.

Sources: International Equestrian Federation | Calendar , IRNA | Photos, Equestrian Federation of Iran | News

Iran’s beach soccer national team qualified to Portugal 2015

Iran's Beach Football Team - Qualified to Portugal 2015

Iran have booked their ticket to the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, after an 8-3 victory over Lebanon in the third-placed play-off at the 2015 AFC Beach Soccer Championship in Doha, Qatar.

After a slow start, Iran took a 2-0 lead after the end of the first period before making it 4-0. Lebanon battled to reduce the deficit and scored two goals but Iran kept their foot on the accelerator as they ended the match with an 8-3 win.

Iran will be playing in their sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup while the Lebanese will have to wait to appear at their first global finals on the sand. Iran joins Oman and Japan as Asia’s final representative in Portugal.

Iran’s beach soccer squad list ( as of March 2015 in fifa.com)
4 Mehdi HASSAN
6 Mostafa KIANI
9 Mohammad MOKHTARI
10 Moslem MESIGAR
11 Mohammad AHMADZADEH
12 Mohammad HAJIPOUR
Coach: Marco OCTAVIO (BRA)

Source: FIFA

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Iran wins Friendly against Chile 2:0

Copa America hosts Chile (World Ranking: 42) saw their preparations for the competition hit a bump on Thursday as they were beaten 2-0 by Iran (World Ranking: 15) at St Polten’s NV Arena in Austria.

Sources: FIFA | Chile, FIFA | Iran, Goal.com | Game Stats, Goal.com | Game Report

Iran sabre team comes 8th in Fencing World Cup, Mojtaba Abedini being Iran’s most successful fencer


Iran’s Mojtaba Abedini Shormasti made history by taking the 8th place

Iran sabre team finished in eighth place in the Fencing World Cup held in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday.

Iran started the campaign with a 45-20 victory over Chile in the Round of 32. Iran beat the U.S. 45-39 in Round of 16 but lost to Italy 45-39 in the quarter-final.

France won the title after beating Korea 45-43. Bronze medal went to Russia fencing team.

Overall Rankings:
1- France 64 points
2- Korea 52 points
3- Russia 40 points
4- Italy 36 points
5- Romania 32 points
6- Germany 30 points
7- Belarus 28 points
8- Iran 26 points

Iran’s Mojtaba Abedini Shormasti made history by taking the 8th place. Abedini is the the first Iranian who wins a place in the last eight. Abedini defeated Russian Alexander Trushakov 15-12 in round of 64 and then beat Alexey Yakimenko also from Russia 15-14 and advanced to Round of 16. The Iranian fencer beat Woo Young Won from South Korea 15-10 and qualified for Round of 8 and in this stage he lost to Romanian Tiberiu Dolniceanu 15-14.

Mojtaba Abedini Shormasti (born 11 August 1984) is an Iranian sabre fencer. He qualified to the men’s sabre event of the 2012 Summer Olympics through the zone tournament held in Wakayama City, becoming the first Iranian fencer to compete at the Olympics. He was defeated in the first round by Romania’s Florin Zalomir.

Sources: Payvand News of Iran, Wikipedia | Mojtaba Abedini, zimbio.com,

Iran finishes 4th in Indoor Hockey World Cup after losing to Germany (this year’s host and winner of the last 3 World Cups)


Photo from Iran-Germany game

The Netherlands took the gold medal in the men’s final of the Indoor Hockey World Cup thanks to a 3-2 triumph against Austria.

The Iranian team finished fourth but surpassed all expectations.

Iran, ranked 10th in the FIH Indoor World Rankings, caused one of the biggest shocks in Indoor World Cup history by hammering Russia and booking a ticket to the semi-finals.

Sources: Payvand News of Iran, Wikipedia | Indoor Hockey World Cup, Fédération Internationale de Hockey

Photo gallery: Iranian football fans at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia

The 2015 Asian Cup started on January 9th and ends on January 31st. Iran reached the quarterfinals but lost to Iraq on penalties in a nerve-wrecking match.

As a goodbye to this year’s Asian Cup a compilation of photos of Iranian fans:

Sources: mostafagraphy.tumblr.com, Iran beat Bahrain in 2015 Asian Cup opener – in pictures, Asian Cup – The fans of Iran, Bing Image Search

Farzan Ashourzadeh Fallah aka “Tsunami”: the Iranian highscholer who won the World Taekwondo Grandprix 2014 in Mexico

In the final bout of the men’s -58kg category on Dec. 3, 2014 in an event that is considered the pinnacle of elite taekwondo, the gold medal was won by an Iranian who can boast skill and talent in spades – but is a mere lad who is not only still at high school, but as a 4th poom, does not even hold a black belt.

[…] Despite his soaring ambition and remarkable talent, off the mats “The Tsunami” is menacing neither to look at nor to listen to: The laid-back teenager is tall and gangly, softly spoken and polite.

[…] With regards to his personal training, he takes two rest days a week. His conditioning focuses on bodybuilding for strength (his tall, thin frame looks deceptively fragile); plyometrics for explosiveness; and of course running: long distance for overall endurance and sprint work in the run-up to competitions.

He started with Taekwondo at the age of six and made it onto the junior national team at the age of 12. The year 2014 – Ashour Zadeh Fallah’s 18th year – has seen him reach maturity as both a man and an athlete. In addition to his Queretaro first- place finish, he struck gold at both the Manchester Grand Prix and the Incheon Asian Games.

[…] After graduating from high school, the 18-year old plans to study physical education at university. In his down time, Ashour Zadeh Fallah likes to hang out with friends and travel with his family.

Source: World Taekwondo Federation


Iran’s Sareh Javanmardi named Asia’s top female athlete of 2014

Sareh Javanmardi

Iran’s Paralympic shooter, Sareh Javanmardi, has been named Asia’s best female athlete of the year thanks to two gold medals she won at the 2014 Asian Para Games which were held in Incheon, South Korea in October.

The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported on November 22 that Sareh’s brilliant performance in the Asian Games earned her the much-coveted title.

She claimed a gold medal in the Mixed 50 meter pistol SH1 and finished first in the Women’s P2-10m Air Pistol-SH1.

Also, Iran’s Paralympic Committee won the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) award in 2014. It was credited for the remarkable showing of the Iranian Men’s Team in Incheon Asian Para Games.

The awarding ceremony will take place in Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) on December 2 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Source: Iran Front Page

Iran beach soccer team claims gold in Asian Beach Games in Thailand

Iran’s beach soccer team defeated Japan 4-3 and won the gold medal in the 4th edition of the Asian Beach Games on Friday.

Shahriar Mozhdeh Roudsari, Ali Naderi, Amir Hossein Akbari and Hassan Abdollahi scored for the Iranian outfit at the Saphan Hin. Moreira Ozu (twice) and Takasuke Goto scored for the Japanese team. […]

Iran has already won five gold medals in the games which is underway in Phuket, Thailand. The Iranian athletes are competing in 17 out of 26 sports in the event.

Kamran Hosseini Jam at the Men’s Freestyle -80kg, Mohammad Naderi at the Men’s Freestyle -70kg, Jaber Sadeghzadeh at the Men’s Freestyle +80kg, Ghanbar Ali Ghanbari at the Men’s -66kg and Sobhan Taherkhani at the Men’s Long Jump Final have previously won a gold medal in the games.

The 4th Asian Beach Games opened in Thailand on November 14, attracting 3,272 athletes from 43 Asian countries and territories. There are a total of 196 categories in 26 sports. The first Asian Beach Games was held in Indonesia in 2008. Vietnam will host the fifth edition in Khanh Hoa Province and Da Nang City in 2016.

Source: Payvand News

Iranians Rahman and Javanmardi top IPC’s “Athlete of the Month” vote

2014 IPC Athlete of the Month (October 2014) - Javanmardi-Rahman

October 2014 IPC Athlete of the Month (from right to left): Siamand Rahman (1st place) and Sareh Javanmardi (2nd place)

Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rahman has been named the Athlete of the Month for October 2014 after his incredible performance at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.

The world’s strongest Paralympian made history at the competition, breaking his own world record three times on his way to gold in the men’s over 107kg category.

Rahman received 63.9 per cent of the public vote to finish ahead of his compatriot, shooter Sareh Javanmardidodmani, who received 34.3 per cent of the vote after breaking two world records on her way to double gold in the P2 (women’s 10m pistol SH1) and P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) in Incheon.

Gambian athletics star Demba Jarju came third, after he became the first wheelchair racer to win the Gambian Marathon.



Iranian women shine in 2014 Karate World Championship

Hamideh Abbasali is the first Iranian women to receive a medal at a Karate World Championship, collecting a silver medal after conceding (2-1) defeat to her Egyptian opponent Shymaa Abouel Yazed in the final competition of the women’s over 68-kilogram weight division.

Abbasali had overpowered Belgian, Spanish, Dutch and Hungarian contestants in her march to the final.

Separately, Mahsa Afsaneh, Elnaz Taghipour and Najmeh Qazizadeh won the third-place women’s kata contest on Saturday and brought home the bronze.

The Iranian men athletes were also very successful. The Iranian men’s kumite team comprised of Saeed Ahmadi, Iman Sanchouli, Saman Heydari, Zabihollah Poursheib, Ebrahim Hasanbeigi, Sajjad Ganjzadeh and Bahman Asgari overcame the host nation 3-2 in the final round of men’s kumite contests at OVB-Arena in the northern German city of Bremen to clinch the gold medal.

They had earlier defeated Dominica (2-1), Japan (3-1), Serbia (3-0) and Belarus (3-0) in its march to the final.

Iran’s Amir Mehdizadeh overcame Vitali Sementsov from Ukraine, and won the bronze medal in the men’s minus 60-kilogram weight category Kumite competition at OVB-Arena in the northern German city of Bremen.

Brazilian athlete Douglas Brose defeated Geoffrey Berens from the Netherlands and won the gold medal in the weight class.

Iranian karate fighter Sajjad Ganjzadeh also lost to Enes Erkan from Turkey (5-4) on Saturday, and snatched a silver medal in the men’s over 84-kilogram weight class.

Ganjzadeh overwhelmed a representative from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the semi-final contest.

The 22nd edition of the World Karate Championships took place in Bremen, Germany from Nov 5 to Nov 9, 2014.

The tournament brought together 887 male and female athletes from 116 nations, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Turkey and the United States.

2014 Karate World Championship - Female Kumite 68kg - Podium - Egypt, Iran (Silver), Spain, Japan

Female Kumite +68kg Podium: (from left to right) Iran (silver), Egypt (gold), Spain and Japan (bronze)

2014 Karate World Championship - Team Female Kata - Podium - Germany, Japan, Italy, Iran (Bronze)

Female Kata Team Podium: (from left to right) Japan (silver), Germany (gold), Italy and Iran (bronze)

2014 Karate World Championship - Female Kumite 68kg - Silver Medal - Hamideh Abbasali, Iran

Hamideh Abbasali celebrating her silver medal

2014 Karate World Championship - Men Kumite Team - Gold Medal - Iran 01

Iran’s men kumite team celebrating their gold medal

2014 Karate World Championship - Team Men Kumite - Podium - Iran (Gold), Germany, Turkey, Japan

Men Kumite Team Podium: (from left to right) Germany (silver), Iran (gold), Japan and Turkey (bronze)

2014 Karate World Championship - Men Kumite -60 Kg 3bronze MAHDI_ZADEH AMIR

Men Kumite -60kg Podium: (from left to right) Netherlands (silver), Brazil (gold), Iran and Russia (bronze)

2014 Karate World Championship - Male Kumite +84 Kg 2sivler GANJZADEH SAJAD

Men Kumite +84kg Podium: (from left to right) Iran (silver), Turkey (gold), Bosnia Herzegovina and Spain (bronze)


Iran beat China to lift U-20 Asian volleyball crown

2014 Asian U20 Men Volleyball Championship in Bahrain - Gold Medal Match - Iran 3 - China 0_01

The Iranian team wearing their gold medals

Iran has pulled off a stunning straight-sets victory over China to take gold at the 17th Asian U20 Men’s Volleyball Championships in Bahrain. A match billed as a clash of the Asian junior titans became a volleyball clinic, with Iran strolling to its fifth Asian U20 title, all achieved in the past nine championships.

With the exception of the first five points of the match, which China won, Iran was in total control. The seeds were sown in the sixth point of the opening set, when Rahman Taghizadeh rose to block a Runtao Xia spike. That block not only stopped the Chinese momentum, it also signaled a change in direction for his teammates. […]

Zhejia Zhang, the Chinese blocking machine later named the tournament’s best middle blocker, managed just one for the night. Runtao Xia, later to be named best outside spiker, was restricted to just seven points.

Iran played almost all its pool matches with just ten players, after visa problems left two of its players cooling their heels in Tehran. […]

“They worked very hard for this, working, working, working, step-by-step. Today the players showed they were one team and they were the best in the competition.”

It was a powerful display by Iran, and guarantees Asia will be well served at next year’s U23 World Championships in Mexico. “In 2007 I was with the Iran youth team when we won the gold medal, and I hope next year we can repeat history and win another gold medal,” coach Farhad said.

Final result: Iran vs. China 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19)

Final standings – TOP 5

Individual awards
Best setter: Yu Yaochen (China)
Best outside spiker: Valaei Akbar (Iran)
Best outside spiker: Xia Runtao (China)
Best middle blocker: Alla Verdian Sahand (Iran)
Best middle blocker: Zhang Zhejia (China)
Best libero: Lee Sanguk (Korea)
Best opposite spiker: Mohamed Anan (Bahrain)
Most valuable player: Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad (Iran)

Source: asianvolleyball.org

Iran finishes 4th in 2014 Asian Para Games

2014 Asian Para Games - Athletes
2014 Asian Para Games - Final Medal Count

2014 Asian Para Games – Final Medal Count

INCHEON, South Korea
(by Masoud Hossein for TehranTimes)

Iran came fourth in the 2nd edition of the Asian Para Games held in Incheon, South Korea.

A total of 4,500 athletes competed in 23 sports. The 2nd Asian Para Games opened on October 18 and closed on October 24 following 6 days of competition.

Iran finished in fourth place winning 120 medals, including 37 gold, 52 silver and 31 bronze medals. Iran was just one gold medal short of third place Japan whose silver and bronze medals were less than Persians. […]

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian children to draw paintings for the disabled

Iranian Children paint for disabled

Iran Paralympics Committee has invited Iranian children to take part in a national drawing contest dubbed “Disability is not Limitation”.

Iran Sports Federation for the Disabled holds the drawing contest “Disability is not Limitation” for children of age 4-12.

The contest is designed to mark Paralympics Week and select works will be awarded on Islamic holiday Eid Ghadeer on October 13.

The paintings should be about the disability and overcoming limitations.

Source: http://iranfrontpage.com/news/cultures/arts/2014/09/iranian-children-draw-paintings-disabled/

Iranian women shine in Asian Games 2014 (Asiad) in Incheon Korea

Iranian women were by far the most successful women from the middle east in the Asian Games 2014, like in previous edition of the games too.

They were awarded medals in Athletics, Kabaddi, Martial Arts, Shooting and Canoeing.

 Gold Hamideh Abbasali Karate Women’s +68 kg
 Gold Najmeh Khedmati Shooting Women’s 10 m air rifle
 Silver Leyla Rajabi Athletics Women’s Shot put
 Silver Salime Abdollahbakhsh
Hengameh Bourghani Farahani
Marzieh Eshghi
Sahar Ilat
Sadighe Jafari Kalokan
Saeideh Jafarkoochi
Ghazal Khalaj
Zahra Masoumabadi
Malihe Miri
Tahereh Tirgar
Mozhgan Zare
Farideh Zarif Doost
Kabaddi Women’s Team
 Silver Narjes Emamgholinejad Shooting Women’s 10 m air rifle
 Silver Najmeh Khedmati
Narjes Emamgholinejad
Elaheh Ahmadi
Shooting Women’s 10 m air rifle team
 Silver Fatehem Rouhani Taekwondo Women’s 73 kg
 Silver Akram Khodabandeh Taekwondo Women’s +73 kg
 Silver Elaheh Mansourian Wushu Women’s sanda 52 kg
 Bronze Arezou Hakimi Canoeing Women’s K-1 200 m
 Bronze Sonia Gomari Canoeing Women’s slalom C-1
 Bronze Fatemeh Chalaki Karate Women’s 61 kg
 Bronze Nasrin Doosti Karate Women’s 50 kg
 Bronze Soulmaz Abbasi Rowing Women’s Lightweight single sculls
 Bronze Nazanin Malae
Soulmaz Abbasi
Homeira Barzegar
Mahsa Javar
Rowing Women’s lightweight quadruple sculls
 Bronze Sousan Hajipour Taekwondo Women’s 53 kg

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_at_the_2014_Asian_Games

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Iran most successful middle eastern nation in Asian Games 2014 (Asiad) in Incheon Korea

The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4, 2014.

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries competed at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.

Source: http://iranfrontpage.com/news/society/sports/2014/09/irans-shot-putter-rajabi-wins-silver-asiad/

Medal table (top 5 of 45 countries)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 151 108 83 342
2  South Korea (KOR) 79 71 84 234
3  Japan (JPN) 47 76 77 200
4  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 28 23 33 84
5  Iran (IRI) 21 18 18 57

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Asian_Games_medal_table

Iran won medals in a variety of sports:

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Archery 1 0 1 2
Basketball 0 1 0 1
Boxing 0 2 1 3
Athletics 1 1 0 2
Canoeing 0 2 3 5
Cycling 1 1 1 3
Fencing 0 1 0 1
Kabaddi 0 2 0 2
Karate 3 0 2 5
Rowing 1 0 3 4
Shooting 1 2 0 3
Taekwondo 4 2 1 7
Volleyball 1 0 0 1
Weightlifting 1 1 0 2
Wrestling 6 1 5 12
Wushu 1 2 1 4
Total 21 18 18 57

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_at_the_2014_Asian_Games

Iran national volleyball team wins gold at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea


Iran men’s national volleyball team has finished in the first place at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, after it achieved a convincing victory over the Japanese squad.

On Friday, Iranians ended their campaign with a well-earned win over the Japanese outfit and overpowered their opponents 3-1 (28-26, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-19) at the Songnim Gymnasium.

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal


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Series: Iran in Asia Games (Asiad) 2014 – Iran’s cyclist Mohammad Daneshvar clinches gold

Iran’s Mohammad Daneshvar claimed a gold medal in the men’s keirin final in the 2014 Asian Games.

Kazunari Watanabe of Japan claimed a silver medal and Malaysian Josiah Ng finished in third place.


Intro Asia Games (Asiad):

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.


Series: Iran in Asia Games (Asiad) 2014 – Iranian Woman Kayaker Arezo Hakimi Shines At Asian Games 2014

An Iranian female athlete bagged silver medal of women’s kayak single 200m on Monday at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

Intro Asia Games (Asiad):

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.


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Series: Iran in Asia Games (Asiad) 2014 – Female Shot-Putter Leila Rajabi wins Silver Medal

The Iranian athlete won the silver medal with a throw of 17.80 meters at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.

“I am so happy because of winning the silver medal. My rival (Gong Lijiao) who won the gold medal is a world champion,” Rajabi said.

Intro Asia Games (Asiad):

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.


Volleyball: Dream World Championship starts for Iran as they beat World League Champion U.S.

Krakow, Poland, September 2, 2014 – Iran provided another major hit at FIVB Men’s World Championship in Poland as they claimed their second win in Krakow, this time in a thrilling five-setter over USA by 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 17-15).

USA’s Matthew Anderson and Taylor Sander emerged as the game’s most prolific scorers, with 26 and 25 points respectively, but it wasn’t enough for a complete American comeback. Meanwhile, Iran was led by Amir Ghafour (21 points), a key player in the final set. Teammate Mojtaba Mirzajanpour chipped in with 13 tallies.


Volleyball: Iran wins vs World League Champion USA in third match in Irvine, USA

Group photo of Iran and US volleyball teams

Group photo of Iran and US volleyball teams

After falling in two previous matches to the U.S. men’s national team, Iran earned a 3-2 victory in the USA Volleyball Cup on Friday night.

Amir Ghafour had 26 points in the 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 25-20, 15-9 victory at Viejas Arena at San Diego State. The four-match exhibition series concludes Saturday night at UC Irvine.

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Iranian women are the sensation at the 2014 Chess Olympiad – score perfect score in the first 3 rounds

Khademalsharieh Sarasadat has 3/3 and has helped Iran to maintain a perfect match score

Khademalsharieh Sarasadat has 3/3 and has helped Iran to maintain a perfect match score | photo: Georgios Souleidis, chess24

If the perfect score of the Iranian women’s team after three rounds was newsworthy, then perhaps the best way to angle the headline for round four is – Iranian women drop first half point! The Olympiad sensations, seeded 21st, defended their right to the top table with a resounding 3.5-0.5 win over slightly higher rated Slovakia. Only Slovakian top board IM Eva Repkova survived, and the magical Iranians continue to outpace the clear pre-tournament favorites, China.


American athletes get star treatment in Iran: “USA, USA” chants for US athletes

“People look at me like I have two heads,” said James Ravannack, describing the reaction he gets when he explains to people what a fabulous time he had in Iran. Ravannack, president of USA Wrestling, told Al-Monitor that he “can’t wait to go back” and wants to take his family along to stay for a month. […]

For Americans, who tend to view Iran through the lens of the 1979 hostage crisis or President George W. Bush’s “axis of evil” speech, going to Iran and actually meeting its people can be mind-blowing.

Robby Smith, 27, the number one US heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler, told Al-Monitor that the reception he got from Iranian fans was “the most incredible I’ve ever experienced.” […]

The Iranians kept chanting, “ ‘R. Smith’ and ‘USA, USA!’ ” Smith said. The same thing happened after he came from behind against an Armenian wrestler and when he returned, in plain clothes, toward the end of the event. “Thousands of Iranians chanting ‘USA!’” […] Fraser, who estimates that he has visited 50 countries in 19 years with USA Wrestling, said, “Iran was, if not the top, then at the top” of all of them. He added, “[Iranians] are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. They treated us like royalty.” […]

This reporter was present in 1998 when US wrestlers returned to Iran for the first time since the 1979 revolution. The US flag was displayed in Tehran’s Azadi stadium — not burned as usual in an anti-American demonstration — and Iranian fans cheered as much or more for the Americans as they did for their own team. […]

A unique feature of the recent trip to Iran by the US wrestlers is that their current team leader — a Minneapolis wrestling enthusiast named Christina “Kiki” Kelley — is a woman. […] Kelley, who like the other members of the US delegation, had expected a grim, strict Islamic state, came prepared with ultra-conservative black clothes — which elicited giggles, she said, from many Iranians. Asked to participate in the opening ceremonies for the competition, she changed into red, white and blue.

“I kept my head bowed until we were two-thirds of the way around, when I realized that men were standing and that they were not booing, they were cheering,” […]

Kelley was invited by her Iranian hosts to stay an extra six days, which gave her a chance to travel to Isfahan and to go to schools, an orphanage and numerous cultural sites, including a private art collection at the parliament in Tehran. She, like Ravannack, said she wants to go back with her family and is also considering becoming a sports and cultural ambassador to Iran if the US government decides to appoint one.

Source: Al-Monitor | US athletes get star treatment in Iran, Facebook | Steven H Fraser | Photos, Muftah | Iran and the United States Wrestle with Love

Futsal: Iran takes 4th spot at World University Fustal Championship

Opening ceremony of the futsal competitions

Bronze Medal Match

The match for the bronze medal opposed Iran and Belarus. It was a beautiful game with two very talented teams. At the end of regulation time, the teams were still back-to-back (3-3) and so it was the ruthless shoot on goal that would separate the two teams. After a long series of penalty kicks on goal, it is ultimately the 10th player from Belarus who succeeded his shot on goal collecting at the same time the bronze medal for his country.

(Source: David Vandenplas, FISU Media)

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Volleyball: Iran one of the worlds best 4 Volleyball teams

Iran’s volleyball team has advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 FIVB World League after beating nine-time world champion Brazil.

The Iranian team defeated Brazil 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 28-26) in a match in the Italian city of Florence on Friday, progressing to the semifinals of the event for the first time in its history.




Volleyball: Iran trounced powerhouse Poland 3-1 in the 2014 FIVB World League, a huge step towards the Final Six.

“Iranian spectators were fantastic and the fans were like Iran’s seventh player,” said Iran’s Serbian coach Slobodan Kovac.

“Iran deserved the victory as they played much better than us. I’m not happy with our performance. It was a good experience thanks to an amazing audience. We hope we can play better in the second match,” said Poland’s coach Stephane Antiga.
The hosts will take on visiting Poland again on Sunday.


Iran is currently in the second spot with 16 points, after Italy with 19, and is followed by Poland and Brazil each with 11 points.


Volleyball: Iran beats 4 time World Champion Italy in FIVB World League two times in a row

On Friday, Iran beat Italy in straight sets (25-18, 25-20, 25-15) at a packed Azadi Hall in Tehran.


and on Sunday:

Iran saw off Italy with a four-set (25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20) victory in the FIVB Volleyball World League Pool A match in Tehran’s Azadi Hall on Sunday afternoon.


Photos: Iranians celebrate their teams performance in the Football World Cup after Iran-Argentina game


Although Iran lost the game with the last minute goal by Lionel Messi, the Iranian team, regarded as the obvious underdog against the powerhouse Argentina, surprised all expectations blocking every attack in the first half and even raised hopes of a possible victory in the second half with several strong strikes against the Argentine goal.



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Andranik Teymourian – Christian captain of Iran’s national team and national hero

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Andranik Timotian-Samarani, known as Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, born March 6, 1983 in Tehran, Iran to ethnic Armenian parents. […]

Teymourian is an Iranian footballer who currently plays for Esteghlal in the Iran Pro League. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder, but can also play as a wide midfielder. From 2006 to 2010, he played for three clubs in England, including Bolton and Fulham in the Premier League.

He started to be recognized as a national hero in Iran because of the passion he showed for his country in the 2006 World Cup. […]

Teymourian played his first match for Iran in 2005, and has featured in the Iranian squad for the 2006 and 2014 World Cups, and also the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups. He is notably the first Christian to captain the Iranian national team. Ref: Wikipedia

The American Soccer Coach on Iran’s Bench


Dan Gaspar coaches Iran’s goalkeepers for 2014’s Football World Cup in Brazil

[…] “It’s been a fantastic experience these last three years in Iran,” Gaspar tells TIME. “I’ve never felt being an American was a detriment. I have found it interesting, and everyone has been very respectful.” […]

“It’s quite a challenge. We look it as an advantage — our guiding principle has always been team above individual,” says Gaspar. “We have established a team that is humble, committed, that’s willing to follow a discipline that we have created.” […]

Read the full story here: Time | The American Soccer Coach on Iran’s Bench

Shirin Gerami first female triathlete who competed for Iran

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Shirin Gerami, a 24-year-old woman from Iran, has made history by becoming the country’s first female triathlete to have taken part in the sport’s world championship.

By racing in the London event, she paved the way and set a precedent for thousands of Iranian women who have previously been denied permission to race in triathlons abroad or swim in international events.

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, greeted her achievement by tweeting: “Shirin Gerami,1st female triathlete to have participated in world championship wearing Iran’s colours #GenderEquality.”

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Two Iranian women to compete in Paris-Dubai rally

The competition which began on April 15 and will continue into May 5, is an extraordinary automobile rally to link French capital, Paris to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The route drives 6,925km from France, Switzerland, Principaute of Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran to the UAE.

Based on the schedule, the participants will enter Iranian northwestern city of Tabriz from Bazargan border checkpoint, cruising Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz. Then they will go to Dubai by boat from Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.

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Vahid Shamsaei: Futsal’s top international goalscorer of all time

Vahid Shamsaei (born 21 September 1975 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian futsal player who is futsal’s top international goalscorer of all time. […] He is the leading goalscorer for the national team, the seven time Top Goalscorer of the Asian Futsal Championship.

On May 19, 2007 after scoring 1 goal against Japan in Iran’s 4–1 victory in the final of the 2007 AFC Futsal Championship, he scored his 316th national goal. He was officially the world’s Top Futsal Goalscorer with 14 goals ahead of Manoel Tobias of Brazil national futsal team, the previous holder of the title with 302 goals (as of May 19, 2007). […]


* AFC Futsal Championship:
– Champion (8 times) in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008
– Third place (twice) in 2006 and 2012
* Asian Indoor Games: Champion in 2005
* Confederations Futsal Cup: Champion in 2009
* WAFF Futsal Championship: Champion in 2012

* AFC Futsal Club Championship: Champion (twice) in 2010 with Foolad Mahan and in 2015 with Tasisat Daryaei

* Best player
– AFC Futsal Player of the Year (3 times) in 2007, 2008 and 2015
– MVP AFC Futsal Championship (5 times) in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2008
– MVP AFC Futsal Club Championship (twice) in 2010 and 2015
– MVP Futsal Confederations Cup in 2009
Iran Football Federation Awards:
– International Special Award (2007–08) shared with Ali Daei
– Best futsal player of Iran (2007–08)

* Top Goalscorer
– World’s Top Futsal Goalscorer of All Time (with 390 goals)
– AFC Futsal Championship Top Goalscorer of All Time (with 183 goals)
– AFC Futsal Championship (8 times) in 2001 (with 31 goals), 2002 (26), 2003 (24), 2004 (33),  2005 (23), 2006 (16), 2008 (13) and in 2012 (with 7 goals and 6 assists)
– Asian Indoor Games  2005 (31)
– AFC Futsal Club Championship (twice) in 2010 (17) and in 2015 (10)
– WAFF Futsal Championship in 2012 (8 goals)

Ref: wikipedia.org

The Iranian national futsal team – 6th strongest team in the world

The “Kings of Asian Futsal” have won ten editions of Asian Futsal Championship[2] and are the 6th strongest team in the world according to the most recent Futsal World Ranking. Iranians have played in five editions of FIFA Futsal World Championship reaching the semi-finals in their first appearance in 1992.[3] Iran have won the first FIFA Confederations Cup in Libya in 2009, and reached the finals of Grand Prix de Futsal known as Futsal Mini-World Cup in 2007 and 2009 editions.


Iranian players handed white roses (a symbol of peace in Iran) to the US players prior to soccer match

All must read USA – Iran posts: The other Iran | Tag | USA

The game was an exceptionally fair game and both teams received the 1998 World Cup FIFA Fair Play Award “for the two countries’ good sportsmanship surrounding the World Cup match between their teams, despite their mutual political tensions for nearly 20 years.”

Below more photos from the match and the episode “Breaking Barriers: USA vs. Iran, 1998” from Fox Sports’ “Rise as One Series”:

Iran grabs the crown at the 2014 Men’s Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles

On Sunday evening, the Iranian outfit landed in the first position of chart after it won over the Russian outfit 4-2 in the final bouts at The Forum in city of Inglewood, southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The Iranian team was the top-ranked squad at the end of the 2013 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup staged at the 12,000-seat hall of the Azadi Sports Complex in west Tehran on February 21-22. Russia landed in the second place, while the United States stood third.



Farzaneh Rezasoltani: female cross-country skier

Farzaneh Rezasoltani, first female cross-country athlete from Iran at Sochi Winter Olympic Games (2014)

Farzaneh Rezasoltani, born on September 13, 1985, is a cross-country skier competing for Iran. She is the first Iranian female athlete to participate in an international cross-country competition (World Ski Championship at Val di Fiemme, Italy, 2013).

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is her second international competition. She crossed the finish line in 42:31:03, achieving the 73rd place. This is the first time Iran has sent a female athlete to participate in cross-country skiing competitions at the Olympic Games.

Information on her current competitions:
International Ski Federation | Biographies | Farzaneh Rezasoltani

Sources: Wikipedia | Farzaneh Rezasoltani, Iran Ski Federation | News

Argentinian volleyball coach Julio Velasco: “Iran will always be in my heart”

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Velasco, who was appointed as Iran volleyball coach in 2011, will leave the team to lead his homeland team after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner asked him to take charge of the team.

“Iranian volleyball players inspired me to do more. They have the bright futures and I have to say they still have so many things to say,” he said.

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Marjan Kalhor: Iranian Alpine Skier

Marjan Kalhor (born July 21st, 1988 in Tehran) is an Iranian alpine skier who became the first Iranian woman to participate in the Winter Olympics, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She was her nation’s flag bearer in the Opening Ceremony. Kalhor competed in the slalom and giant slalom competitions. She finished 60th among 86 competitors in the Giant Slalom and 55th among 87 participants in the Slalom.

Kalhor started skiing at the age of four, in Dizin, a ski resort in the Alborz mountain range, north of Tehran. At the age of eleven, she won a national competition, and later competed and won medals in Turkey and Lebanon. She has not yet competed in a World Cup event.

Sources: Wikipedia | Marjan Kalhor, zimbio.com