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Rio 2016: Iran secured three table tennis spots (Photos)

The 2016 Asian Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament was held this April in Hong Kong, with a total of eleven places available in each of the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events, divided into East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, West Asia and Middle Asia Zones.

Neda Shahsavari and Nima Alamian got two direct spots to Rio 2016, as winners in the Middle Asia Zone. Noshad Alamiyan had to face his brother Nima in the finals and lost. However, in the second stage, he recorded a 4-1 success over Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi, securing Iran’s third Olympic spot.

Rio 2016 will mark Nima Alamian’s first appearance at the Olympic Games. Noshad Alamiyan and Neda Shahsavari will participate for the second time. Shahsavari became in London 2012 the first woman to represent Iran in table tennis at the Olympic Games.

Earlier this year, the Iranian women’s team surprised many as they got the gold medal in the third division of the 54th World Team Table Tennis Championships in Malaysia. The trio formed by Mahjobeh Omrani, Neda Shahsavari and Maryam Samet recorded a three matches to nil win against Uzbekistan.

The World Team Championships are played on a “Division” system with 24 teams in each of the first three divisions while all other teams form a 4th Division. The first division is also the Championship Division as only teams in this division can compete for the title of World Champions.

Photos: Iranian table tennis players at 2016 ITTF Asia Olympic Games Qualification Tournament and Iran women’s table tennis team at 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championship in Malysia

Sources: Mehr News Agency (MNA) 1, MN 2, ittf.com 1, Flicker | ITTF World, hktta.org.hk, ittf.com 2MNA 3, ittf.com 3, IRNA, perfectwttc2016.com.my

Iranian students win 3rd place at FISU World University Chess Championship (Photos)

The 14th FISU World University Chess Championship (WUCC) was held from April 9th to April 15th, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Eight students represented Iran at the tournament. The women’s chess team consisted of WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, WGM Mitra Hejazipour, WIM Ghazal Hakimifard and Khalaji Hanieh. GM Pouya Idani, IM Amirreza Pourramezanali, FM Nima Javanbakht and Ali Faghirnavaz formed the men’s team.

In the women’s division all three best placed players attained 6,5 points. WGM Ni Shiqun of China won gold, WIM Ghazal Hakimifard won silver, Iran’s best result at FISU WUCC 2016, and WIM Anna Warakomska of Poland bronze.

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia won the men’s gold medal with 8 points. GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia secured silver (7 points) and GM Pavel Ponkratov of Russia got bronze with 6,5 points. Iran’s best player in the men’s division, IM Amirreza Pourramezanali, finished in sixth place attaining 6 points like Serbian IM Marko Nenezic (4th) and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia (5th).

WIM Alina Bivol placed fourth to complete the three best results for the team award for Russia. Her result combined with those of Fedoseev and Ponkratov garnered the first place team trophy for Russia (19,5 points). The Armenian team of GM Gabuzyan, GM Ter-Sahakyan and WIM Maria Gevorgyan won the runner-up trophy (19 points). The Iranian team of WIM Ghazal Hakimifard, WGM Mitra Hejazipour and IM Amirreza Pourramezanali won third place (18,5 points).

Sources: chess-results.com, FISU | Chess, iusf.ir (in Persian), Borna News

Photos: Spaghetti bridge competition in Tehran

The 3rd National Spaghetti Bridge Competition, organized by SBC, was held at Tehran’s Milad Tower. 670 students in 108 teams participated at the event.

A spaghetti bridge is a small scale model bridge made of spaghetti or other hard, dry, straight noodles. The aim is usually to construct a bridge with a specific quantity of materials over a specific span, that can sustain a load. In heavyweight competitions, the bridge that can hold the greatest load for a short period of time wins the contest.

Iranian civil engineering students ranked second in 2004 (load held: 19.17kg) and 2010 (load held: 184.3kg / 406.31lbs) at the Heavyweight Contest organized by Okanagan College in British Columbia, Canada. This competition, that started in 1983, is open to contestants around the world, however the rules state that contestants must be full-time secondary or post-secondary students.

Sources: Wikipedia | Spaghetti bridge, IRNA, Okanagan College 1, Okanagan College 2 (pdf), Azad News Agency, SBC (in Persian)

Photos: Painted eggs across Tehran

Hundreds of Nowruz eggs painted by Iranian artists were placed in five of Tehran’s parks (Mellat, Laleh, Abbas Abad, Park Shahr and Bagh-e Ferdows) during Baharestan, an urban art event to welcome spring as part of the Persian New Year celebrations. Charities have organized a workshop at the Iranian Artists’ Forum where visual artists and 120 children have painted Nowruz eggs.

Painted eggs symbolize fertility and are displayed on the Nowruz table, called Haft-Seen together with various other symbolic objects. In ancient times Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowruz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the Spring equinox. Nowadays this Nowruz tradition is common to Iranians of Islamic, Zoroastrian, and other faiths.

Related article: Urban art event to welcome spring in Tehran

Sources: Borna News, Fars NewsISNA, Tasnim NewsMashregh NewsWikipedia | Easter egg, Honar Online 1 (Persian), Honar Online 2IRNA 1IRNA 2, Tehran Picture Agency (TPA) 1, TPA 2, TPA 3zibasazi.ir 1, zibasazi.ir 2, zibasazi.ir 3, zibasazi.ir 4, zibasazi.ir 5, zibasazi.ir 6, zibasazi.ir 7, Azad News AgencyYoung Journalists Club (YJC) 1, YJC 2, ISCA News

Iran ranks first in IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships

IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships 2016 was held in Dubai, UAE. Iran was ranked first with a total of 23 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze. China finished second with 16 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze. India was third, Japan finished in fourth place and the UAE took the fifth spot.

The event brought together about 300 athletes from almost 30 countries. A total of 29 athletes, 23 men and 6 women, represented Iran at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships.

New Asian records set by Iranian athletes
Amini Nogourani, Mahnaz – Women’s Shot Put F57 (Result: 8.10m)
Motaghian Moavi, Hashemiyeh – Women’s Discus Throw F56 (Result: 20.83m)
Amiri, Hamed – Men’s Shot Put F54 (Result: 9.69m)
Arekhi, Nour Mohammad – Men’s Discus Throw F11 (Result: 35.16m)
Mokhtari Hemami, Alireza – Men’s Shot Put F53 (Result: 7.61m)

Medals won by Iranian athletes
Women
Amini Nogourani, Mahnaz – 1 gold medal: shot put F56/57
Kermani, Faezeh – 1 silver medal: javelin throw F34; 1 bronze medal: shot put F32-34
Motaghian Moavi, Hashemiyeh – 2 gold medals: javelin throw F55/56, discus throw F54-57
Sedghi Saghinsara, Marziyeh – 1 gold medal: shot put F52-55
Soltani, Maryam – 1 gold medal: javelin throw F34
Men
Abdolpour, Amin – 1 gold medal: 1500m T37/38/46
Aliasghar, Seyed – 1 gold medal: shot put F35/36
Alikhani Faradonbeh, Ahmadreza – 1 bronze medal: 200m T37
Alizadeh, Mehdi – 1 gold medal: shot put F32/33; 1 silver medal: javelin throw F33/34
Alvanpour, Mohammad – 1 gold medal: javelin throw F55/56
Amiri, Hamed – 3 gold medals: javelin throw F53/54, shot put F53/54, discus throw F54-56
Arekhi, Nour Mohammad – 2 gold medals: shot put F11/12, discus throw F11-13; 1 silver medal: javelin throw F11-13
Asghari, Mahdi – 1 gold medal: shot put F42/44
Beit Sayah, Sadegh – 1 silver medal: shot put F40/41
Doolabi, Ramezanali – 1 gold medal: shot put F46
Elahi, Ali (Guide: Marghashi, Javad) – 1 gold medal: 1500m T13
Eslami, Hamid (Guide: Salehimanesh, Hossein) – 1 silver medal: 5000m T11
Golpasandhagh, Parviz – 2 bronze medals: shot put F55/56, discus throw F54-56
Hashemzadeh Shadyari, Mahdi – 1 silver medal: discus throw F46; 1 bronze medal: shot put F46
Jokar, Abdolreza – 1 silver medal: javelin throw F53/54
Khosravi, Arash (Guide: Marghashi, Javad) – 2 gold: 100m T11, 200m T11; 1 silver: 400m T12
Lotfi, Arian – 1 silver medal: shot put F11/12; 1 bronze medal: discus throw F11-13
Mokhtari Hemami, Alireza – 1 gold medal: discus throw F51-53; 1 silver medal: shot put F53/54
Moradikoochi, Mahdi – 1 bronze medal: 100m T13
Ojaghlou, Ahmad – 3 gold medals: 100m T47, 200m T47, 400m T47

Sources: Wikipedia | IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship 2016, paralympic.org, Press TV, parasport-news.com, Facebook | IPC Athletics, Instagram @saaiy_92, Instagram @dcduae, insidethegames.biz, paralympics.org | Medalists by event, paralympics.org | Records

‘Women without Men’ by Iranian artist Parastou Ahadi at Arte Gallery in Tehran

Arte Gallery in Tehran hosted ‘Women without Men’, a solo photography exhibition by Parastou Ahadi.

Parastou Ahadi is an Iranian painter and illustrator born on April 19th,1982. She got a diploma in Mathematics in 2000 and received a B.A. in Graphic Design in 2006. Ahadi lives and works in Tehran, Iran. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Dramatic Literature at University of Tehran.
More information: parastouahadi.com

Sources: Honar Online, Facebook | Parastou Ahadi