Monday , 21 June 2021

Sport

“A Message of Hope”: Five Iranians on the Olympic Refugee Team

Iranwire – This week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unveiled the Olympic Refugee Team for the delayed Tokyo 2020 games. The list of 28 scholarship-holders from 11 countries, who trained in 13 separate host nations, has been in the making since 2018 and five Iranian athletes are now set to compete under the shared banner. Among them are Saeed Fazlouli, a …

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Female Baha’i Motorcycle Racer Jailed for Eight Years in Iran

Iranwire – Shahrzad Nazifi, an Iranian Baha’i and the first woman to hold an official rank in motocross and motorcycle racing in Iran, has been sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran. Nazifi’s lawyer Mohammad Hadi Erfanian Kaseb announced the sentence by Judge Imam Afshari on his Twitter account. He …

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Imported Iranian crude oil to US was from seized tankers: Sources

Al-Arabia – The Iranian crude oil that appeared to be imported by the United States in March was from tankers the US had previously seized, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. Confusion surrounded the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) publication of 1.033 million barrels of Iranian crude oil that appeared to be imported by the US earlier this year. For all the …

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Prominent activist accuses Iran interrogators of sexual abuse

Al-Monitor – “It is a targeted practice. The interrogators are given special training to systematically break the morale of jailed women,” stated Iranian rights advocate Narges Mohammadi. She was recounting details of how dissident women are subject to various forms of mistreatment during interrogation by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Addressing a meeting on the social media …

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Organizations, NGO leaders, and human rights advocates, urge United States Soccer Federation to remove Volkswagen as a sponsor due to ties to China

Shabtabnews – In an open letter a group of organizations and individuals who are scholars, NGO leaders, human rights advocates, religious freedom activists, and practitioners, urge the United States Soccer Federation to remove Volkswagen as a presenting sponsor due to Volkswagen continuing to operate a plant in Xinjiang, the Uyghur Region of China. The letter ends with stating : “Given …

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Move the “Genocide Olympics” Out of China

gatestoneinstitute.org – The letter’s signatories remind the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee of their charter commitments and international obligations pertaining to the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment for Genocide. “At least one million of these victims are incarcerated in scores of concentration camps, some replete with crematoria, where they are being brainwashed, …

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International Judo Body Suspends Iran For Anti-Israeli ‘Scheme’

RFL/RE – Judo’s governing body has suspended Iran as punishment for refusing to allow its athletes to compete against opponents from Israel.The International Judo Federation (IJF) imposed a four-year ban on April 29 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport said a previous indefinite ban was not allowed.The IJF disciplinary committee said the start of the suspension is backdated to September 18, …

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Faezeh Hashemi: A Country that Kills its Citizens Cannot Host Football Matches

Iranwire – Faezeh Hashemi has spoken out about the Asian Football Confederation’s ban on Iranian football clubs hosting matches, saying the ongoing behaviour of the Islamic Republic is to blame. In an audio file obtained by IranWire, the reformist ex-MP and daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says the principal reason for the decision is Iran’s “serious …

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Why the world must boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022

nypost.com – The 2022 Winter Olympic games are currently slated to be held in Beijing, China, next February. But the voices demanding that they be moved to a more freedom-friendly venue are growing louder.  Last September, a coalition of 160 human rights groups called for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to “reverse its mistake in awarding Beijing the honor of hosting the Winter Olympics.”  …

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Women Have Been Demanding Their Right to Play Football for Half a Century

Iranwire – British soldiers introduced football to Iran in 1908, but it took 62 years before women could get anywhere near the sport. Women’s football began in Iran in 1970. The first sparks were ignited when women first joined men in playing for local and street teams in various cities, serving as goalkeepers and sometimes playing other positions too. It is worth noting that at that time, football …

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