Saturday , 4 December 2021


‘A New Life’: Iranian Defector Wins Silver Medal For Mongolia In Tokyo

RFL/RE – Saeid Mollaei, an Iranian defector representing Mongolia at the Tokyo Olympics, has won a silver medal in judo for his adopted country. Mollaei, 29, lost to Japan’s Takanori Nagase in the men’s 81-kg judo final on July 27. Mollaei, who won the 2018 world championship title, left Iran two years ago after being ordered to deliberately lose at …

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Kimia Alizadeh: Meet Iran’s ‘Daughter-in-Exile’ Who Shone at the Olympics

Iranwire – Kimia Alizadeh, Iran’s 23-year-old “daughter-in-exile”, has achieved fourth place in the Tokyo Olympics in taekwondo as a refugee. Five years ago in Rio, Alizadeh became the first Iranian woman to win a medal in the Olympic games. This time, not only was she not fighting under the Iranian flag, but she competed against – and defeated – her friend and her former …

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Iranian Father Bans 12-Year-Old Jockey Daughter from Competing in Moscow

Iranwire – Sara Pour-Azima, a member of Iran’s national Under-17 National Equestrian Team, was stood at the airport, backs packed and already checked onto the flight, when she was told her father had barred her from leaving Iran. The 12-year-old had an official letter from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) inviting her to personally take part in the Eurasian Championships …

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Iranian Refugee and National Athlete to Face Off in Tokyo Olympics

Iranwire – Two Iranian athletes will face off in the taekwondo opening rounds at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics: Nahid Kiani from Iran’s national team, and Kimia Alizadeh from the independent Olympic Refugee Team. Iran’s mainstream media has fixated on the competition – calling it “unexpected” and “attractive,” but also “sensitive” – but Fars News Agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard …

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Why is Gholamreza Takhti’s Tie Problematic for Pro-IRGC Media?

Iranwire – A statue in honor of legendary Iranian wrestler Gholamreza Takhti were unveiled on Tuesday of June 22, 2021 by the National Olympic Committee. It immediately became the subject of a critical report by the Revolutionary Guards-aligned Fars News Agency. In the report, Fars criticized Reza Saleh Amiri, a former intelligence official who became president of the National Olympic …

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Women Athletes Excluded from Running to Carry the Olympic Flag

Iranwire – The National Olympic Committee of Iran has selected Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, the captain of the Iranian national basketball team, to be the flag bearer for the Iranian team at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. According to a Mehr News Agency report on Monday, June 21, four male athletes made the final shortlist to lead the Olympic team: Basketball captain Samad Nikkhah …

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“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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