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.
Mahnaz Karimi, swimmer from Khuzestan Province, has broken the Middle East record in the “Helal” swimming pool in Ahvaz. Mahnaz Karimi swam for 25 hours nonstop without using her arms to break the record in Iran and the Middle East and add to the achievements of Iranian women athletes.
Iran’s National hockey team has made it to the top four list in the world for the second time. Following a 3-3 tie with Austria –second team in the world – which astonished all the experts in the field at the games, Iran now ranks second in the table due to the goal difference.
Record holder Sepideh Tavakoli wins gold at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in the women’s Pentathlon, breaking her own record. Competing in the pentathlon, Tavakoli managed to win the title and break her own record.
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.
Iranian football star, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, has played his most brilliant game yet at the Dutch premier league games. The young footballer from Iran’s Team Melli was able to score three goals in mins 12, 46, and 53 against the Vitesse team to play a very special part in the AZ Alkmaar club’s 4-3 win, taking it into the UEFA Champions League.
The 36th Fajr Int’l Film Festival opened in Tehran last night with a cake celebrating 120 years of Iranian cinema and the screening of “Beyond the clouds” by Majid Majidi at the Felestine cinema theater.
An encouraging piece of news these days, ahead of the Tehran Int’l Book Fair, is the issuing of a long-awaited license for the publication of a novel by renowned Iranian author, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, about the war. After ten years of waiting in the ranks, his book will now be on display at the Book Fair in the capital.
The Foreign Ministry’s Political Deputy said: “We are ready to defend the interests of the IR of Iran against every move by the US President.” Seyed Abbas Araghchi has travelled to Rome to meet with European officials. He added: “The US President is swimming against the tide of international norms. The international community is presently trying to deal with this. We are in close contact with them and will not allow the interests of the IR of Iran to dwindle amid his moves. We are well placed to defend ourselves and are ready to deal with every scenario.”