Friday , 20 September 2019


FIFA Chief Hopeful Iran Will End ‘Unacceptable’ Women Stadium Ban

RFL/RE – FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he is hopeful that Iran will address the “unacceptable situation” of banning women from entering soccer stadiums as a World Cup qualifying match nears.The head of the world soccer’s governing body said in a statement on September 19 that he had contacted Iranian soccer officials several times recently over the issue and a …

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Iran Greco-Roman team come 4th at World Championships

PayvandNews – Iran Greco-Roman team finished in fourth place at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Iran won three bronze medal in the competition. Saeid Abdvali bagged a bronze medal in the 82kg weight class in the first day.Alireza Nejati and Mohammad Ali Geraei also won two bronze medals in the 60kg and 77kg respectively.In the team standings, …

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Iran Suspended From International Judo Over Israel Boycott Policy

RFL/RE – Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because of its it boycott of Israeli athletes. The International Judo Federation (IJF) said on September 18 that Iran was suspended ahead of a full hearing. Its judo federation is accused of discriminating against Israeli athletes and breaking rules over manipulating competition results. The federation said it had “a strong reason to …

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Top Iran Football Team Shows Defiant Sympathy For Dead Female Fan

Radiofarda – In another public gesture of sympathy for a 29-year old woman who killed herself for being prosecuted over her right to attend a men’s football game, players wore jerseys at a match inscribed with her name. Tehran’s Esteqlal football team wearing jerseys saying “The Blue Girl” before their match on September 15, 2019. Sahar Khodayari was arrested in …

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Taekwondo Grand Prix: Iran wins 2 medals on day 2

PayvandNews – Armin Hadipour and Sajjad Mardani have won two gold medals for Iran on the second day of the 2019 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 2 in Japan. Hadipour, who had defeated Adrian Vicente of Spain in the semifinal of the minus 58 kg category, settled for silver after surrendering the decider 22-14 to his South Korean opponent Jang …

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Iranian Stadium Ban Activists Honored in Wake of “Blue Girl” Tragedy

CHRI – Minute of Silence Observed for “Blue Girl” Stadium Ban Resister Who Died by Self-Immolation  Activists leading the struggle against Iran’s ban on women in stadiums were honored with the “Sport for Human Rights” award sponsored by social change organizations Beyond Sport and Equality League at a reception in New York City on September 12, 2019. A minute of silence was observed for Sahar Khodayari, …

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Iran in no hurry to allow women into stadiums after ‘Blue Girl’ death

Al-Monitor – Sahar Khodayari, disguised as a man due to Iran’s ban on women in stadiums, attempted to attend a soccer game between Tehran’s Esteghlal FC and Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain FC at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium in March 2019. She was arrested and released on bail days later. At the courthouse earlier this week, where her case was postponed, she reportedly overheard she …

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FIFA Officials To Visit Iran After Death Of Stadium-Ban Protester

RFL/RE – FIFA will visit Iran to review preparations for allowing women to attend men’s soccer games, a spokesman for the world soccer governing body told Reuters and AFP on September 11. Sahar Khodayari died after setting herself on fire. The announcement of FIFA’s visit, expected in the next two weeks, follows the death of a 29-year-old woman who set …

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