Sunday , 26 June 2022


Five Months Before the World Cup, is it Game Over for Dragan Skočić?

Dragan Skočić, the manager of Iran’s national football team, and Mirshad Majedi, acting president of the Iranian Football Federation, reportedly had a shouting match last week that lasted for more than 90 minutes. Mere months before Team Melli is due to compete in Group B at the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, consultations are taking place at President Raisi’s office …

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Iran, Turkey brace for face-off in Syria

Al-Monitor – Driven apart by clashing regional interests, Turkey and Iran appear headed for a face-off in Syria, with Tehran explicitly opposing Ankara’s plan for a fresh military operation against Kurdish-held areas, wary of risks to its own posture in the region. Turkey has failed to get a green light from the United States to press ahead with the plan, …

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Iranian women athletes’ plight highlighted by top weightlifters leaving the country

Iran-HRM – The plight of Iranian women athletes has been highlighted by two weightlifters who fled the world sports camps, seeking asylum in other countries. In recent days, Parisa Jahanfekrian and Yekta Jamali, two women weightlifting champions left Iran. Parisa Jahanfekrian, 27, has recently applied for political asylum from Germany. Parisa Jahanfekrian, who should have been the first female weightlifter …

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Will the FIFA World Cup help bridge Iran-US gaps?

Al-Monitor – At a time when tensions between Iran and the West are elevated and the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal hangs in the balance, a forthcoming athletic encounter resembling what pundits call “ping-pong diplomacy” is revitalizing hopes that there are still opportunities for narrowing gaps between the two sides.  The draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in …

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Are Football Stadiums in Iran Really Closed Because of Covid? (Spoiler: Don’t Bet on It)

Iranwire – On Sunday, May 15, the Iran Football League Organization announced that matches across the country would be held behind closed doors, without spectators, for the foreseeable future. The official reason given by president Heydar Baharvand was the Interior Ministry had flagged up a widespread failure to follow Covid-19 rules at sports venues. Pro League matches are set to continue for another …

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All Football Matches in Iran Closed to Spectators

Iranwire – Heydar Baharvand, President of the Iran Football League Organization, has ordered the heads of the country’s province-level football leagues to tell them not to allow spectators into matches until further notice. In a letter reported on by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Baharvand said he had taken the decision based on a directive by the Interior Ministry that stated Covid-19 …

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Teenage Weightlifter Disappears in Greece

Iranwire – Iranian media outlets have reporrted the abrupt “disappearance” of 17-year-old athlete Yekta Jamali in Greece. Days after she won another silver medal at the Youth World Weightlifting Championships, Jamali apparently did not join her team returning home and her whereabouts remains unknown. Zahra Pouramin, acting vice president of the Iranian Women’s Weightlifting Federation, confirmed the situation to IRNA …

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Young Rowing Champion Leaves Iran After Failing to Find a Second Job

Iranwire – Bahman Nasiri, a member of the Iranian national rowing team, has emigrated to the Republic of Azerbaijan. The news was confirmed by Alireza Sohrabian, president of Iran’s Canoe, Sailing and Rowing Federation, after it emerged that Nasiri had asked for his name to be removed from the roster. Unlike other Iranian sports federation bosses, Sohrabian did not take …

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