The football Ranker website mentions that Ali Karimi is now the most popular player in the history of Iranian football. Mahdi Mahdavikia, Ali Daei, Sardar Azmoun, Ashkan Dejageh, Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, Karim Bagher, Nasser Hezaji, Andranik Teimurian, and Reza Ghuchanzadeh rank 2nd to 10th place respectively.
Puppeteer, Adel Bozdudeh, is keeping busy these days by designing and making mascots for top Iranian football teams – Persepolis, Esteghlal, and Tractorsazi. He told Mehr News Agency: “These mascots are designed after the larger Persian cats who are on the brink of extinction, called “Karal”. These will be ready for the teams to use as mascots within the next couple of days.”
The second women’s polo games for Tehran Province was held at the Farahabad Sports Centre for sportswomen on 9 March to honor women’s day. Two teams competed in the “Mange” field at Farahabad in Tehran. The game was held for the first time specifically for women athletes.
Iran’s Wheelchair Basketball team for women has won the Asia-Oceania Championships for a slot at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta. Iran was able to beat Thailand 43-27 in the finals. The four teams making it to the Jakarta Asian Para Games are Iran, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Cambodia.
On his trip to Iran, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, met with Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, the Minister of Sports and Youth, and the Iranian Football Federation President. German paper Die Welt, the BBC, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, and The New York Times have all covered his Iran trip and Infantino’s negotiations on two topics with Iran’s top political and sports brass.
Iran’s national Greco-Roman wrestling team has won 3 gold and 1 silver medals, and obtained 129 points to rank 5th among 16 teams at the 2018 Asian Wrestling Championships. The championships were held at the Kozhomkul Sports Palace, Bishkek, in Kyrgyzstan. Team members Hossein Nouri took 3 golds in all in the 87kgs weight class, Seyed Mostafa Salehizadeh in the 97kgs weight class, and Behnam Mahdizadeh in the 130kgs weight class. The only silver medal was won by Mohammad-Ali Garayi in the 72kgs weight category.
After much debate about the possibility of Iranian wrestling being temporarily banned from the international arena for not facing Israeli athletes, placing pressures on Iran’s Wrestling Federation President, Rasul Khadem, he has announced his resignation from the Federation. His sudden departure has prompted group resignations by members of the freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling councils.
On Sunday 25 February 2018, the-afc.com writes that Persepolis’ run to the 2017 AFC Champions League semi-finals introduced Asian football fans to striker Mehdi Taremi who finished the campaign with seven goals, a tally bettered only by Al-Hilal’s Omar Khrbin and Brazilian duo Rafael Silva and Hulk.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
The first purpose-built Art and Experience cinema theater has begun work at the Farhang Cineplex in Tehran, exactly two years after the opening of the first Art and Experience cinema theater in Babol, northern Iran. The A&E PR Office has announced that the 64-seat theater in Farhang Cineplex will open today, 17 March, and all A&E films will be screened here.
The provincial capital of Guilan Province in northern Iran, Rasht, has been named the first bright lights city of Iran at a ceremony attended by the Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran.
The aims of naming such a city can be cited as expanding tourism, managing its night life, urban regeneration, sustainable employment, attracting more tourists to Guilan Province, increased joy of life, family cohesion, bazaars opening at night for family recreation and reduction of depression, stress reduction, and reducing the destructive effects of loneliness for university students and the elderly.
Travelers to Iraqi Kurdistan will not be charged for entry as from the first day of Nowruz. By announcing the statement made by this Kurdish official, the Iranian Consulate in Erbil said: “Iranian travelers can also enter Iraqi Kurdistan for two weeks during the Nowruz holidays free of charge.”
Iranian Political Deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, has responded to certain western media claims about new EU sanctions against Iran, and said: “Should certain European countries pursue the imposition of non-nuclear sanctions against Iran to please the US President, they have made a huge miscalculation. They will see its direct consequences on the JCPOA nuclear deal and its survival.”
The Republic of Azerbaijan has lifted visa requirements for Iranian national as from yesterday, 16 March 2018. All visas will be issued on arrival at the international airports of Azerbaijan. The Iranian Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Javad Jahangirzadeh, said: “Following talks between Foreign Minister Javad Zarif of Iran and the President of Azerbaijan Republic, the country’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement informing the Iranian Embassy that visas will be given on arrival at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport and other international airports serving Azerbaijan.