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Iran raps U.S. mistreatment of volleyballers at Chicago airport, urges apology

- Iran denounces the US for mistreating its national men's volleyball team, which has traveled to Chicago for the Final Six of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, calling on Washington to issue an apology for its misbehavior. The team was delayed for four hours upon arrival at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on Saturday, while the Iranian volleyballers were detained and interrogated by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. - 7/9/19

FIFA President Announces Deadline for Iran to Take "Concrete Steps" to Let Women Into Stadiums

- In a letter addressing the chief of the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) Mehdi Taj, the president of FIFA announced a July 15, 2019, deadline for Taj to inform him of the "concrete steps" the Iranian government would be taking to lift its ban on women in stadiums by September of this year. -CHRI - 6/27/19

FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019: Iran falls to France in Ardabil

- Iran have suffered their first straight sets defeat of the 2019 FIVB Nations League after falling to France in their last home game played in Ardabil. Iran will travel to Bulgaria for its 5th week of the games where they will play Serbia, and the USA, as well as the hosts. - 6/24/19

FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019: Iran celebrate victory against Canada

- Iran's national volleyball team have kicked off week three of the 2019 FIVB Nations League with a straight-sets win over Canada, in front of the home crowd in the northwestern Iranian city of Urmia. - 6/15/19

FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019: A tough match for both teams, Iran and Brazil

- Brazil defeated Iran in five sets in their first match in Tokyo in week 2 of the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday. Iran captain Mir Saeid Marouflakrani said: "I would like to say congratulations to the Brazil team first. These full sets were very tough and I am disappointed and not satisfied with this result but there was lots to learn from such a big team. Looking back, there were good plays too. We will do our best tomorrow as well." -FIVB - 6/7/19

Persepolis Football Team Wins Iran's Hazfi Cup

- Persepolis football team won Iran's Hazfi Cup for the sixth time in Ahvaz's Foolad Arena on Sunday. Persepolis edged past Iran's Second Division outfit Damash Gilan 1-0, thanks to Ali Alipour's 22nd minute goal from a wonderful free-kick. - 6/5/19

FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019: Iran, France and Brazil keep perfect win record, Kliuka leads scorers in Men's VNL Week 1

- Iran, France and Brazil enjoyed a perfect start with three wins, while Egor Kliuka's high-scoring performances helped Russia to a 2-1 win-loss record in the first week of the men's tournament in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. - 6/4/19

Judo: Iran's Saeid Mollaei wins gold at 2019 Hohhot Grand Prix

- Iranian judoka, Saeid Mollaei, has underscored his supremacy in the under-81kg Judo weight category after claiming gold in the 2019 Hohhot Grand Prix in China. In a stunning display in the final showdown on Saturday, the 37-year-old Iranian ace struck the Japanese number one and three-time Grand Slam winner, Sotaro Fujiwara, with a Sode tsurikomi goshi to score ippon, and wrap up the contest. - 5/27/19

Marc Wilmots named coach of Iran national football team

- Belgian coach Marc Wilmots has been named as new head coach of Iran national football team, Mehdi Taj, the president of the Football Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI), said. The 50-year-old coach will take charge of Team Melli until the 2022 FIFA World Cup. - 5/15/19

Iran To Drop Tattooed Players From National Football Team

- The Iranian tattooed players have reportedly no place in Iran national football team from now on. According to the reports, the Iranian football federation has been told it must prevent to invite the tattooed players to the national team. -Tehran Times - 3/19/19

Russia dethrones Iran, takes the crown at Men's Freestyle World Cup

- Iran fell short in the final match of the 2019 United World Wrestling (UWW) Freestyle World Cup, losing to hosts Russia 9-1 at the Yakutsk's Triumph Sports Training Center. The Russian Federation claimed their seventh overall Freestyle World Cup title and first gold since their title-winning performance at the 2011 Makhachkala World Cup. - 3/17/19

AFC Beach Soccer Championship: Japan win epic clash against Iran

- Japan came from two goals down to secure a place in the AFC Beach Soccer Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals, after earning a stunning 3-2 extra time win against defending champions Iran on Thursday. The loss comes as a crushing blow to Iran, who will miss the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup after having qualified for seven of the last eight editions, and finishing third in 2017. -AFC - 3/14/19

AFC Beach Soccer Championship: Iran 3-4 Oman

- Oman confirmed themselves as Group D winners, and inflicted the first blemish to defending champion Islamic Republic of Iran's campaign, with a 4-3 win in a high-quality AFC Beach Soccer Championship Thailand 2019 clash on Tuesday. The result means Talib Hilal's side will face Bahrain in Thursday's quarter-finals, while Iran are set for blockbuster, win-or-go-home clash against FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup regulars Japan. - 3/12/19

Iran finishes second at Sabre World Cup

- Iran finished in second place at the International Fencing Federation (FIE) men's Sabre World Cup in Padua, Italy on Sunday. Team Melli, consisting of Ali Pakdaman, Mojtaba Abedini, Mohammad Fotouhi and Mohammad Rahbari, lost to reigning world champions South Korea 45-28 in the final match. - 3/11/19

2019 AFC Champions League: Al-Duhail defeats Esteghlal 3-0, Persepolis ties with Pakhtakor 1-1

- In Doha, Al-Duhail of Qatar have overpowered Esteghlal of Iran 3-0 in 2019 AFC Champions League's group C. Meanwhile, Persepolis of Iran have begun their 2019 AFC Champions League Campaign with a 1-all draw against Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan in Group D. - 3/6/19

Kuban Spring good warm-up for Iran's woman U19 team: Coach Katayoun Khosrowyar

- Katayoun Khosrowyar, head coach of Iran's U19 women's football team, says that the 2019 Kuban Spring Women U19 Tournament is a good warm-up tournament for her team. Defending champions Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Belarus will participate in the competition which will be held in Sochi, Russia from March 1-5. - 3/1/19

BASKETBALL: Iran defeats Australia, qualifies for 2019 FIBA World Cup

- Iran's men's basketball team booked a spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a win over Australia. Team Melli defeated the Boomers 85-74 in Tehran's Azadi Hall on Sunday. Iran were paced by Behnam Yakhchali's 21 points, and Mitch Creek was Australia's top scorer with 20 points. Iran had lost to Australia 76-49 in the Melbourne in November. - 2/24/19

Iran needs youth league for talent identification: Coach Katayoun Khosrowyar

- Katayoun Khosrowyar, head coach of Iran's U19 women's football team, is worried for not having a youth league for talent identification and for development of young players. The Iranian team will participate at the Kuban Spring Women's U19 Football Tournament next month and she will test four new Iranian-American players in the event. - 2/15/19

Iranian-American Michael Rostampour Invited To Iran's National Basketball Team

- Rising basketball player Mike Rostampour has been invited to Iran national basketball team. The 6ft 8in (2.03m) Minnesota-born forward has never seen action for the Iran national squad before, but has significant international basketball experience. - 2/6/19

Carlos Queiroz quits as Iran football coach

- Carlos Queiroz announced his resignation as head coach of Iran national football team after Team Melli failed to reach the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The 65-year-old decided to call time on his eight-year stint with the Iranians at the news conference in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. - 1/29/19

AFC Asian Cup Semi-final: Iran 0-3 Japan

- Yuya Osako returned to Japan's starting line-up to score a second-half brace and seal the Samurai Blue's spot in the final of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 as Hajime Moriyasu's side defeated the Islamic Republic of Iran 3-0 at Al Ain's Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Monday. -AFC - 1/28/19

Iran defeats Oman 2-0 in AFC Asian Cup, will play against China in quarterfinals

- Three-time champions Iran have reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup with a 2-0 victory over Oman in Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Oman almost took a surprise lead as early as the 3rd minute when they were awarded a penalty. However, Iran's keeper Alireza Beiraanvand saved the spot kick heroically. - 1/21/19

2019 AFC Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq tie 0-0 and move to next round

- Iran national football team were held to a 0-0 draw by Iraq at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday at the Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai and claimed top spot in Group D thanks to a better goal difference. Both teams have already qualified for the Round of 16. - 1/17/19

Iran kicks off AFC Asian Cup 2019 with 5-0 victory over Yemen

- Iran national football team started their AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over debutants Yemen at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE on Monday. Iran will play Vietnam On Jan. 12 at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi and face Iraq four days later at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. - 1/8/19

Iran's Football Coach Carlos Queiroz: Protect us from crocodiles

- Iran national football team coach Carlos Queiroz has asked the Iran football federation President Mehdi Taj to protect Team Melli from crocodiles! Iran will leave Qatar for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday after completing two-week training camp in Doha. -Tehran Times - 1/3/19

Iran's Khademalsharieh Claims Silver At Women's Section Of World Blitz Championship

- Sarasadat Khademalsharieh from Iran claimed a silver medal at the World Blitz Championship on Sunday. Russian Kateryna Lagno won the Women's Section and repeated her success of 2010. She collected 13.5 points. Khademalsharieh took the silver with 13 points and the bronze medal went to Chinese Lei Tingjie who scored 12.5 points. -Tehran Times - 12/31/18

Iranian men & women teams nominated for the World's Best National Futsal Teams

- Iran' men's and women's futsal teams have been nominated for the best national team in the world. The Iranian outfits won the AFC Futsal Championship and are vying with eight other teams to win the UMBRO Futsal Award 2018. - 12/8/18

Iranians Farzaneh Tavasoli, Fatemeh Etedadi nominated for world's best female futsal goalkeeper, player

- Iran futsal custodian Farzaneh Tavasoli has been nominated as the Best Female Goalkeeper in the World. Also, Fatemeh Etedadi from Iran along with nine other stars of international women futsal, were nominees for the Best Female Player in the World. - 12/5/18

Basketball: Iran book FIBA World Cup ticket

- With two games remaining, Iran national basketball team advanced to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Team Melli defeated the Philippines 78-70 in Group F of the Asian Qualifiers on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena. - 12/4/18

Iranian Female Billiard Player Gets Snookered On 'Un-Islamic Conduct' Charges

- Akram Mohammadi Amini, the first Iranian female billiards player to win an international medal, has been banned from competition for two years for allegedly violating Islamic dress code and smoking during a recent tournament. The decision was issued by the Islamic Republic's Billiards, Bowling, and Boxing Federation, which has also barred Amini from entering sports arenas for two years. The federation says Ms. Amini has the right to appeal the decision. -Radio Farda - 12/4/18

Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The Open Stadiums campaign, which describes itself as a "movement of Iranian women seeking to end discrimination and let women enter stadiums," welcomed the board's recommendations on Iran as a "Great achievement for Iranian female football fans who insisted for their right to enter to stadiums for more than 13 years." - 11/28/18

FOOTBALL: Uzbekistan defeats Iran in CAFA Women's Championship

- Iran lost to Uzbekistan 2-1 at the 2018 CAFA Women's Championship on Tuesday. The Iranian football team had started the competition with a 6-0 win over Afghanistan on Sunday. Team Melli will play Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Thursday and Saturday respectively. -Tehran Times - 11/28/18

FIFA Human Rights Panel Urges Tough Line On Iran's Ban Of Female Fans

- The FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board has called on the soccer body to set a deadline for ending Iran's ban on women attending male sporting events. "FIFA should be explicit" giving the Iranian soccer federation a timetable to comply, and should warn of "anticipated sanctions if it does not," the FIFA-appointed human rights experts said in a report published on November 26. -RFE/RL - 11/27/18

International Horseback Archery Championships Held In Shiraz, Iran

- The International Horseback Archery Championship kicked off in Shiraz, Fars Province on Thursday. The four-day competition brought 50 athletes from 19 countries together in the Iranian city. The competition was held in different categories including javelin throw and fencing. - 11/26/18

Soccer Star Nima Nakisa Says Many Former Players In Iran Are Addicted To Drugs

- Former Iranian soccer star, now in charge of football development at the local football federation, told local media this week that 17% of former Iranian footballers, who have played for different Iranian clubs and the national team, are suffering from drug addiction. -Radio Farda - 11/25/18

Iranian athletes win four medals at 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Australia

- Iranian representatives claimed four medals in Day 1 of the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships underway in South Australian shores. The event has brought more than 6000 participants from 44 countries from Nov. 16 to Dec. 2 at Glenelg Beach and the world-class South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide. -Tehran Times - 11/16/18

FOOTBALL: Iran's participation at AFC Asian Cup at risk

- Iran national football team could miss the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in January over a law interfering in the national soccer federation's independence. The AFC said in a statement issued late Tuesday that they were "closely monitoring the current issues" and that the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) stressed that it was a non-governmental organization. - 11/14/18

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran overpowers Russia to grab the title

- Iran beach soccer coach Marco Octavio is "very satisfied" for being able to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup with crop of young talents. Iran defeated Russia 4-2 to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup for the second time. - 11/12/18

Women Allowed To Attend Asian Champions League Soccer Final In Tehran

- Hundreds of Iranian women have been allowed to attend the Asia Champions League final in Tehran, local media report, in what was seen as a possible step toward ending their decades-old exclusion from top soccer matches. -RFE/RL - 11/12/18

AFC Champions League: Japan's Kashima Antlers takes the crown after 0-0 tie with Iran's Persepolis

- Persepolis football team were held to a goalless draw by Kashima Antlers of Japan in the second leg of the AFC Champions League here on Saturday. The result means Kashima Antlers won the title 2-0 aggregate. - 11/12/18

Iran's Hashemi seizes gold at IWF World Weightlifting Championships

- Iran's Ali Hashemi won a gold medal at the 2018 IWF World Weightlifting Championships on Thursday. Hashemi won the gold medal in the 102kg with a total of 396kg after lifting 179kg in the snatch and 217kg in the clean and jerk. - 11/10/18

Iran's Sohrab Moradi wins gold at IWF World Weightlifting Championships

- Sohrab Moradi of Iran claimed a gold medal at the 2018 IWF World Weightlifting Championships on Wednesday. Moradi won a gold in the men's 96kg in the competition underway in Ashgabat , Turkmenistan. He lifted 186kg in snatch and 230kg in clean and jerk, winning the gold with a total of 416kg. - 11/8/18

Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup: Iran 8 USA 1

- Iran started the 8th edition of the 2018 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup on a high note on Tuesday. Team Melli defeated the U.S. 8-1 in Group B. Russia edged past Tahiti 7-6 in another group match. Marco Octavio's men will face Tahiti on Wednesday. - 11/7/18

ACL Final: Iran's Persepolis football team falls short against Japan's Kashima

- Iran's Persepolis will be looking for a response next week against Kashima Antlers of Japan after they were beaten 2-0 on Saturday in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final. The Iranian team will have a difficult task ahead in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Nov. 10 as their key midfielder Siamak Nemati will be absent in the second leg after being sent out due to injury. - 11/4/18

Iranians win 7 golds, crowned sanda world champions for first time

- Iran's national wushu team has been crowned world's champions for the first time in the 9th Sanda World Cup. The Iranian team, comprising of 8 practitioners in both men's and women's divisions, succeeded in winning the title after collecting seven gold medals and one silver. -PRESS TV - 10/29/18

Iran's Persepolis defeats Qatar's Al Sadd 2-1 on aggregate to reach AFC final

- Iranian Perspolis FC drew 1-1 versus Al Sadd of Qatar in the return match of the 2018 AFC Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. The winner of Iranian Persian Gulf League Perspolis took on Qatari Al Sadd on Tuesday in the second leg of the AFC Champions League semi-final which was held in 80,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran. The breathtaking match ended in a 1-1 draw, allowing Perspilis to advance to the final match of the AFC Champions League. - 10/24/18

Iran move 17 spots up at Youth Olympic Games

- Iran delegation moved 17 spots up to seventh at the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6 to 18. The Iranian sportspersons snatched seven gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the 13-day Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. - 10/19/18

Iran's Prosecutor Says It's A Sin For Women To Watch Men Play Soccer. These Women Watched Anyway

- A decision by Iranian authorities to allow a small group of selected women to watch an October 16 soccer match between Iran and Bolivia at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Stadium was welcomed by the country's reformist press as a step forward and a victory for Iranian women, who have been banned from men's sports events. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/18/18

In Rare Move, Iran Lets Some Women Attend Men's Soccer in Tehran

- Iran has allowed an organized group of women to attend a men's soccer match at a Tehran stadium for the first time in decades, after years of campaigning by activists against a ban on female attendance. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 10/17/18

Iranian swimmer Shahin Izadyar: A Persian version of Michael Phelps

- Shahin Izadyar, who won six gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, resembles the most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps. Surpassing Japan in the third place in medal table, Izadyar helped Iran record the best ever showing at the Games. - 10/15/18

Iran record best ever showing at Asian Para Games

- Iran delegation moved one place up to third place at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Iran won 51 gold, 42 silver and 43 bronze medals and were placed third in the overall rankings. - 10/15/18

3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon Held Across Lut Desert

- Winners have been announced for the 3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon, which commenced on September 29 as a tourism event across the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert famed for being one of hottest places on earth. - 10/9/18

Iran's Persepolis earn remarkable win over Al Sadd of Qatar in ACL semis

- Persepolis of Iran football team earned a remarkable 1-0 win over Qatari giants Al Sadd in the first leg of the AFC Champions League semi-finals. In the match held in Doha's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Ali Alipour was on target from the penalty spot in the 86th minute. - 10/3/18

Iranian women wrestlers win Classic International Tournament

- The Iranian women wrestling team made history by winning the First International Tournament Women Classic Style on Sunday. Iran claimed two gold and two bronze medals in the two-day tournament held in Beirut, Lebanon. - 9/24/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: USA backups secure a shutout against

- Despite playing with backups USA won for the eighth time in a row completing its second perfect round. The Americans managed a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 26-24) victory over Iran in three tightly contested sets. - 9/24/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: Iran outlasts Finland in an almost record-breaker

- Iran beat Finland 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12) in an epic duel in Pool D in Varna. The match laster 140 minutes, just a couple of the record for a longest match at an FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship since the introduction of the current scoring system. - 9/19/18

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship: Poland stays perfect, Iran out of the running for top spot in Pool D

- Poland matched its longest win streak at a World Championship since the turn of the century beating Iran 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22) to remain the lone unbeaten in Pool D. A series that started in 2014 reached 11 victories in a row for the world champions who still have a work to do to win the group in Varna. - 9/18/18

2018 FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran stays perfect in Pool D after outlasting brave Cuba

- Iran stayed perfect in Pool after outlasting Cuba for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19) win. It's the first time in FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship that the Asians start with three wins from their first three matches. Thus Iran secured a place in Round 2 while Cuba, still without a point, is getting closer to the elimination. - 9/17/18

Iran's Reza Alipour wins gold at IFSC Climbing World Championships

- Reza Alipour from Iran claimed a gold medal at the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria on Thursday. The Iranian climber took the gold with a time of 5.630, beating his French rival Bassa Mawem. - 9/14/18

2018 FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran defeats Bulgaria 3-1 to earn second win

- Iran earned their second win in a row at the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship Thursday night. The Iranian team defeated the hosts 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) and got level on points with world champions Poland at the top of Pool D. - 9/14/18

FIVB Men's World Championship: Iran has a dream start against Puerto Rico

- Team Iran have achieved a remarkable straight-sets win against Puerto Rico in Pool D of the 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship. The 2018 Asian Games' winners, dominated the match from the beginning and showed class from the 1st point, to finish the 1st set 25-19. - 9/13/18

Iranian women not successful at Asian Games in Indonesia

- The Iranian women won just a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games, one gold less than the previous edition, despite a twofold increase in numbers. Iran took part with 57 sportswomen in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, winning two gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. - 9/4/18

2018 Asian Games: Iran Wins Gold in Volleyball, Silver in Basketball and Bronze in Water Polo

- Iran national volleyball team defeated South Korea to take a gold medal on Saturday at the 2018 Asian Games. Meanwhile, Iran basketball team lost to China in the final match to take the silver and Iran national water polo team defeated China to take the bronze after 44 years of waiting for a medal. - 9/1/18

Iran's Behdad Salimi happy to bid farewell to weightlifting with gold at Asian Games

- Iranian super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi is so happy to announce his retirement from the sport with a gold medal. On Monday, Salimi bade farewell to weightlifting after winning a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games underway in Indonesia. - 8/27/18

Iran's Sohrab Moradi breaks weightlifting's oldest world record at Asian Games

- Sohrab Moradi of Iran broke weightlifting's longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men's 94kg class at the Asian Games on Saturday. Moradi lifted 189kg in the opening discipline to better the snatch record set at 188kg in 1999 by Greece's Akakios Kakiasvilis. - 8/25/18

Iranian Women And Men Make History By Winning Kabaddi Gold In Asian Games

- Iran won two gold medals in kabaddi on Friday at the 2018 Asian Games underway in Indonesia, bringing the nation's total gold medal count to 12. Women's kabaddi made history in the Games, beating India 27-24 in the final. Men's team, who had ended India's supremacy on Thursday, defeated South Korea 26-16 in the final to win their first ever gold medal in the Asian Games. - 8/24/18

Iranian Football Fans Clash With Police In Tehran, Crowds Chant Opposition Slogans

- Reports from Iran indicate an "intense clash" between security forces and angry fans attending a football match in Tehran on Friday. Reports from Tehran also say thousands of football fans at Tehran's Azadi Stadium chanted anti-government slogans in the course of the clash which appeared to be not politically motivated in the first place. - 8/11/18

Iran will not wear Adidas at AFC Asian Cup

- Iran national football team players will not wear Adidas after the German sportswear manufacturer has decided to deny Iran with access to its services. Adidas has decided to follow in Nike's footsteps. Nike, who was set to sponsor Team Melli with cleats and footwear throughout the 2018 World Cup, announced that it had withdrawn its support of the team because of global economic sanctions against the country. - 7/30/18

Iran Crowned Asian U20 Volleyball Champion

- Iran swept past South Korea in straight sets (25-22, 25-14, 25-18) in the final match of the 2018 Asian Men's U20 Volleyball Championship on Saturday. Iran and South Korea had already secured their places in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship. - 7/29/18

Iran's President Rouhani Renews Calls For Women's Access To Stadium

- Responding to a report filed by his cabinet's sports minister, President Hassan Rouhani has suggested that women's access to Tehran's main stadium, Azadi, should continue. Meanwhile, the general manager of Azadi (Freedom) stadium, Nasser Mahmoudifar, who let Iranian women enter the arena after almost four decades of being banned, says he has been fired for doing so. - 7/17/18

Iranian powerlifter Mohammad Reiesi establishes new world record

- Iranian powerlifter Mohammad Reiesi has set a new aggregate record in the 84-kilogram weight class of the World University Powerlifting Cup in the Czech Republic, improving the previous record by nearly 20 kilograms. - 7/13/18

Iranian boy meets his favorite soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh

- A young Iranian boy, who had been photographed wearing a white shirt with a paper tag bearing the name of professional Iranian footballer Alireza Jahanbakhsh Jirandeh on, has finally come face-to-face with his idol. - 7/11/18

It's Raining Iranian Men, Hallelujah

- The World Cup ended for the Iranian national team last week but not before the rest of the world took note of its physical prowess off the field. Images of the team went viral after a suggestive tweet, followed by a breathless report in a British tabloid. Major media outlets picked up the pictures of the well-groomed men and their tailored suits, and Buzzfeed ran a roll call of the squad's most prepossessing members. -Shervin Malekzadeh - 7/6/18

Iran: Progress on Ban for Women at Stadiums

- Iranian authorities and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) should ensure that women and girls can freely attend all future men's sports matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 20 and 25, 2018, the authorities opened Azadi stadium's doors to women and men to watch a live screening of the last two games of Iran's national football team at the 2018 World Cup. - 6/29/18

Climbers for Peace trio bound for volcanic peak in Iran

- Three Santa Rosa men are embarking today on a mission to climb a world-famous mountain and promote peace in a land many Americans would consider off limits. Their goal is to stand at the summit of Mount Damavand on July 7. At 18,605 feet, it's the highest volcano in Asia and rated the 12th most prominent peak in the world. -The Press Democrat - 6/29/18

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