Monday , 6 July 2020


Iran’s ‘Ancient Sport’ Not A Man’s World Anymore

Radiofarda – 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. The sport is also referred to as “varzesh pahlavani,” meaning the sport …

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Hardliners In Iran Protest Women Taking Up Ancient Men-Only Sport

Radiofarda – Iranian news agencies on Sunday reported a sit-in by “seminary students and representatives of Armed Forces” in protest to women taking up a men-only ancient sport. In a statement the protesters said that presence of women in zurkhaneh – an ancient gym – environment is “despicable” and “a stain on the record of authorities of the Zurkhaneh Sports …

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Iranian Sports Mired In Corruption, Former Federation President Says

Radiofarda – A former President of the Football Federation of Iran has called on the Ministry of Intelligence to step in and investigate “wheeling-dealing” and “corruption” in the federation and the Ministry of Sport and Youth. Meanwhile, Mohammad Dakan has announced the “imminent international suspension” of the football (soccer) federation and the National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of …

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Women’s Boxing Banned In Iran’s Khuzestan Province

RFL/RE – Khuzestan has become Iran’s first province to officially ban women’s boxing. The move comes just over a year after Sadaf Khadem became the first Iranian woman to compete in an official boxing match. She now trains in France. (file photo) “Any activity in women’s boxing is prohibited in the province,” the head of Khuzestan’s boxing board, Hamid Zanganehmanesh, …

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FIFA Threatens Iran With Suspension From World Football

Radiofarda – FIFA, the international governing body of football (soccer), has set a short deadline for the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) to either amend its statues or face global suspension. In a letter received on May 29, FIFA has objected to FFIRI’s recently drafted statues, demanding its amendment according to FIFA’s rules. FFIRI has until …

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Parliament Moves To Ban Iranian Athletes From Competing With Israelis

Radiofarda – A parliamentary motion to officially ban Iranian athletes from competing with their Israeli counterparts has pushed the country to the verge of becoming an outcast at international sports events. Since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 , the country does not recognize Israel and, based on an unwritten law, has prohibited Iranian athletes to …

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Former Football Chief Says Iran Always Lied To FIFA About Government Control

Radiofarda – An official in charge of running Iran’s Football (soccer) Federation for almost a decade has stepped forward, openly admitting that the association has time and again lied to the world governing body, FIFA about its independence from the government. Speaking on a local radio show in Tehran, Iran’s football federation (FFIRI) chief (2008-16) Ali Kafashian declared that despite …

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

PayvandNews – The World Athletics has wished discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi success in his fight against the novel coronavirus infection. Ehsan Hadadi “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. World Athletics✔@WorldAthletics We’ve received word that Iranian discus thrower @EhsanHadadi …

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Eleven Athletes In Iran Have Died Of Coronavirus Infection

Radiofarda – More than ten current and former Iranian athletes have fallen victim to novel coronavirus, according to data collected by Radio Farda. The local sports federations’ channels on Telegram, the most popular messaging app in Iran, have been crammed in recent days with posts commemorating prominent active and veteran athletes. Elham Sheikhi, Iranian female footballer, died after being infected …

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