Thursday , 2 February 2023

Sport

Report: Iranian Olympic Skier Flees to Germany

VOA – Iranian Olympic skier Atefeh Ahmadi has quit her home country and applied for asylum in Germany, a Persian-language media outlet outside Iran reported Saturday, publishing an emotional interview with the athlete. Ahmadi, in her early 20s, was the only Iranian woman to qualify for last year’s Beijing Winter Games. “I left Iran to reach my goal, but my …

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Blinding as a Weapon (3): The Story Of Champion Archer Kowsar Khoshnoodi Kia

Iranwire – IranWire recently reported that hundreds of Iranians have sustained severe eye injuries after being hit by pellets, tear gas cannisters, paintball bullets or other projectiles used by security forces amid a bloody crackdown on mainly peaceful anti-government demonstrations. The report concluded that such actions by the security forces could constitute a “crime against humanity,” as defined by Article 7 of …

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Iran Athlete Says ‘No Regrets’ After Losing Eye At Protest

RFL/RE – An Iranian archer who lost sight in her left eye after being shot by security forces has said she has “no regrets” about joining nationwide protests. Iranian authorities have cracked down on more than four months of anti-regime protests sparked by the September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, arrested for allegedly violating strict dress rules for …

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Iranian Football Player Sacked From His Team After Criticizing Protest Crackdown

Iranwire – Iranian professional soccer player Voria Ghafouri has been sacked from his team after criticizing the Islamic Republic’s bloody response to ongoing nationwide protests. The head coach of Fooald FC in the southern city of Ahvaz announced that Ghafouri had no place in the team, Iranian media reported. Iranian authorities arrested Ghafouri, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority, in …

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Iranian Soccer Player Scores Goal, Doesn’t Celebrate, Gets Banned By Government

RFL/RE – An Iranian professional soccer player has been summoned to face a disciplinary committee and banned from participating in the country’s Premier League after he showed solidarity with protesters by not celebrating after scoring a goal. Reza Shekari, who plays with Golgohar FC, said in a post-game interview that he did not celebrate his goal after scoring “due to the conditions …

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Iranian Sports Journalist Handed 18-Year Prison Sentence, Wife Says

Iranwire – An Iranian court has sentenced prominent sports journalist Ehsan Pirbornash to 18 years in prison, his wife says, amid an intensifying clampdown on the media in the country. “Despite having a letter from the prison’s doctor stating that he is sick and could not tolerate imprisonment, and despite my husband’s innocence, Ehsan Pirbornash was sentenced today to 18 years in …

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Islamic Republic’s Dirty Tactic To Censor Football Players Over Protests

Iranwire – In the early years of the 2000s, several Iranian footballers who played for Pas FC claimed they had been forced to sign up with the club after being arrested in police raids on parties and other gatherings. At that time, the club’s chairman, Mostafa Ajorlou, who serves as a commander in the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), …

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Iranian Athletes Killed, Tortured, Sentenced to Death for Supporting Protests

CHRI – The Islamic Republic’s persecution of athletes for peacefully supporting anti-state protests that have been ongoing throughout the country since September 2022 should be publicly condemned by sports federations and the international community, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Women and male athletes have been shot and killed, sentenced to death by kangaroo courts, disappeared and …

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Iranian Soccer Players Reportedly Arrested At Mixed-Gender Party

RFL/RE – Iranian authorities have arrested soccer players who attended a mixed party east of Tehran, local media reported on January 1 without identifying them or giving their exact number. “Several current and former players of one of Tehran’s prominent football clubs were arrested last night (December 31) at a mixed party in the city of Damavand,” Tasnim news agency …

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Iranian Newspaper Calls For Crackdown On Protest Supporters In Football

Iranwire – A semiofficial Iranian newspaper has asked the authorities to “shut down” the Football Premier League after players voiced support for nationwide anti-government protesters. “Maybe time has come to throw away all the rubbish of football, from the presidents to the managers, players, and coaches with correct decisions,” Javan newspaper, which affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), …

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