Sport Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:48:31 +0000 en-gb Two Iranians named world top taekwondo fighters Two members of the national Iranian men’s taekwondo team have been elected among the top-ranked athletes of the sport, thanks to their great performances at international sports events.

According to the latest rankings published by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), 19-year-old Farzan Ashourzadeh Fallah tallied 460.8 points to be named the world’s best in the minus 58-kilogram weight category.

South Korea’s 21-year-old Kim Tae-hun scored 431.84 points to land in the second place.

Rui Braganca, a representative from Portugal, claimed the third spot in this class with 296.53 points.

The WTF also picked up Iran’s Mahdi Khodabakhshi, 24, as the best taekwondo fighter in the minus 80-kilogram weight section with 387.38 points.

Moldovan Aaron Cook earned 349.09 points to land in the second place, and Albert Gaun from Russia notched 268.41 points to settle for the third slot.


Sport Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:18:53 +0000
Iranian freestyle wrestler Rahimi named world’s 2nd best Iranian freestyle wrestler Hassan Rahimi has become the world’s second best athlete in the 57-kilogram weight category in the March 2016 edition of the United World Wrestling rankings.

The 26-year-old 2015 claimed the second ranking spot of the weight class, standing behind Vladimir Khinchegashvili from Georgia.

Russian freestyle wrestler Viktor Lebedev, Jong Hak-jin from North Korea, Russian sportsman Ismail Musukaev and Mongolia’s Bekhbayar Erdenebat landed in the third to the sixth places.

On September 13, 2015, Rahimi, a World Wrestling Championships silver medalist, exhibited impressive performances in the 57-kilogram category of the 12th edition of the World Wrestling Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, and overwhelmed his Venezuelan, Belarusian, American, North Korean and Russian opponents (4-3, 7-0, 3-0, 5-3 and 5-1 respectively) to reach the final.

He, however, suffered a bitter defeat (4-5) from Georgian sportsman Vladimer Khinchegashvili to take home the silver medal.

The 12th edition of World Wrestling Championships opened in Las Vegas, the United States, on September 7, and finished on September 12, 2015.

Dozens of sportsmen and women from various countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estionia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine took part in the event.

Male Greco-Roman wrestlers vied in the 59-kilogram, 66-kilogram, 71-kilogram, 75-kilogram, 80-kilogram, 85-kilogram, 93-kilogram and 130-kilogram weight categories on September 7 and 8. Iranians landed in the fourth spot.

Male freestyle athletes competed from September 10 to 12 to clinch a medal in the 57-kilogram, 61-kilogram, 65-kilogram, 70-kilogram, 74-kilogram, 86-kilogram, 97-kilogram and 125-kilogram sections.


Sport Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:26:31 +0000
Iran wheelchair tennis players finish runner-up in Asia games Iran men's national wheelchair tennis team has ended its campaign at the Asian qualification tournament for 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, and finished as the vice-champion in the regional sporting event.

On Tuesday, Iran’s Hossein Mamipour let slip a match point and two-set advantage against a representative from China in the first individual match in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo, and lost both sets 3-6.

Mehdi Tayebi also failed to be the winner in the second individual encounter against a Chinese opponents, and dropped 6-love in each set.

Earlier in the day, the Iranian outfit was agile to smoke forehands and backhands down the line in double events, and take the two sets to record a 2-love victory.

With the defeats against Chinese rivals in the final individuals, the Iranian sportsmen could not clinch the single direct quota for the 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which is scheduled to be held at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan, between May 23 and May 28.

Iran men's national wheelchair tennis team had routed the Iraqi side en route to the final showdown.

The Asian qualification tournament for 2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup started in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on February 27, and finished on March 1.

The BNP Paribas World Team Cup is the International Tennis Federation (ITF) flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis.


Sport Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:12:20 +0000
Gianni Infantino crowned new FIFA president World football's governing body elected the Swiss-Italian lawyer, Gianni Infantino, as its president in Zurich on Friday after he defeated nearest rival Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in the second round of voting.

According to Tasnim news agency, Infantino, 45, succeeds Sepp Blatter, who stepped down last year with the organization mired in allegations of corruption and wrongdoing.

"I cannot express my feelings in this moment," he told delegates.

"I went through an exceptional journey, met many fantastic people who love football, who breathe football. I want to be the president of all of you, of all 209 nations."

"I want to work with all of you to work together and build a new era where we can put football at the center of the stage."

Secretary General of European governing body UEFA, Infantino won the first round of voting but without the necessary two-third majority to secure an immediate victory.

He received 88 of the 207 votes with Sheikh Salman three behind on 85. However, in the second round of voting, Infantino secured 115 votes -- 27 ahead of Salman -- to claim victory, CNN reported.

Infantino takes over at a time where FIFA is enduring one of the most difficult periods in its 112-year history.


Sport Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:53:29 +0000
Iran’s Petrochimi Bandar Imam claims WABA Championship title Iranian professional basketball club Petrochimi Bandar Imam has performed outstandingly at the 2016 West Asian Basketball Association (WABA) Championship in Jordan, landing in the first position of the tournament.

The Iranian outfit, which competes in the Iranian Basketball Super League, defeated the Lebanese club al-Riyadi 70-68 in a final match played in the Jordanian capital city of Amman on Monday.

Earlier in the day, another Iranian team, Azad University Tehran Basketball Club, breezed past Lebanon’s Champville 113-74 in a third-place game.

The other teams that came up short at the 16th edition of WABA Championship were Iraq's al-Shurta and Jordan's Orthodox Cup.

The 2016 WABA Championship started in the Jordanian capital city of Amman on February 18, and finished on February 22, 2016.

The WABA Championship is a basketball tournament national teams organized by the West Asia Basketball Association, which is a sub-zone of the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Asia.

The tournament serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Asia Championship and FIBA Asia Cup.


Sport Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:21:20 +0000
Iran defeats Turkey in World Artists Football Match Iranian soccer players have continued their impressive performance and winning streak at the second edition of World Artists 7-Man Football Match in the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm, overcoming the Turkish side.

The Iranian team, which had trounced Japan 7-0 on the second day of the international sporting event at Qeshm’s Jahan Pahlevan Takhti Stadium a day earlier, defeated Turkey 6-4 in a highly contested match.

The Persians exerted a spell of pressure on Turks’ goal from the beginning of the game, and Mehdi Salehpour opened the scoring for Iran in the third minute.

He doubled Iran’s lead two minutes later, and scored a hat trick for the Iranian outfit in the fifth minute.

Turkish footballers had two golden scoring opportunities moments later and struck fine shots at Iran’s goalpost, which were saved brilliantly by Iranian goalkeeper Ebrahim Mizapour. The Iranians went into the break with a three-goal lead.

The Persians carried on the momentum as they returned to the field, seized a fine opportunity shortly after the break and put the ball into the back of the net to make it 4-0.

Mustapha Kujabi scored the opener for Turkey soon after, and Salepour netted Iran’s fifth goal in the 29th minute.

The Turks then disrobed their Iranian opponents off the ball in the penalty area, and reduced the deficit to 2-5.

Mehdi Shiri netted Iran’s sixth and final goal in the 36th minute. Turkish players could score two more goals just before the referee blew on his whistle and signaled the end of the match.

The second edition of World Artists 7-Man Football Match opened in Qeshm Island, Iran, on February 13, and will wrap up on February 19 2016.

The tournament has brought together teams from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey

The Iranian capital city of Tehran hosted the first edition of World Artists 7-Man Football Match last February.

There are seven players on the field on each team, one of whom is the goalkeeper. A standard match consists of two equal periods of 20 minutes.


Sport Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:51:14 +0000
Iran to Saudi Arabia: Don’t politicize football Iran has advised Saudi Arabia against politicizing sports activities involving the two countries.

According to Press TV, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, said on Sunday “Unfortunately, some Saudi authorities are trying to extend the policy of creating tensions to the area of sports, which is wrong behavior.”

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) recently asked the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that matches between the countries’ teams take place in a third country.

In making the request, the SAFF has alleged that the matches could be affected by potential insecurity in the Islamic Republic.

Amir-Abdollahian called the excuse a “lame” one, asserting that the Islamic Republic is one of the safest countries in the region. “We insist that AFC Champions League matches take place in the Islamic Republic.”

The AFC has given the two sides until March 15 to resolve the matter.

Amir-Abdollahian said Iran is to communicate its readiness to safely host the games in its different cities to the Confederation.

He added “It is obvious that the games would be held on a two-legged basis in the two countries.”

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran on January 3 following demonstrations held in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad by angry protesters censuring the Al Saud family for the execution of prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.


Sport Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:53:52 +0000
Iran soccer team slides one place in latest FIFA rankings

The national Iranian men's soccer team has plunged one spot in the latest edition of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) rankings to claim the 44th spot in the world.


According to the latest monthly rankings released by the world's soccer governing body on Thursday, the Iranian outfit accumulated 626 points and maintained its position as the best Asian soccer team.

Other Asian teams were South Korea, which slid two positions to the 53rd slot in the latest FIFA rankings with 580 points, followed by Saudi Arabia and Japan, which landed in the 55th and 58th spots respectively with 571 and 596 points. Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia moved up twenty places in the global ranking of national soccer teams.

Belgium remains the top-ranked soccer team in the world, with 1,370 points.

Germany bagged 1,347 points to keep the second position, while third-place Chile garnered 1,293 points. Brazil also upheld its place and stood fourth with 1,251 points.

On November 17, 2015, the understaffed Iranian football team put on a sparkling performance yet in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, conquering the Guam side with an easy six-goal margin.


Sport Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:34:57 +0000
FIFA rankings: Iran on top of Asia, Belgium still world's No. 1 Team Iran has remained on top of Asian teams, with 626 points, in the latest FIFA rankings released for February.

Team Iran has remained on top of Asian teams, with 626 points, in the latest FIFA rankings released for February.

With a lack of international fixtures to affect the rankings, there haven't been much changes compared to the previous ranking released in January.

Iran have dropped 1 place to 44th in the world but still lead the Asian teams, ahead of South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the UAE and Australia.

That’s while, the top 18 teams remain unchanged, with Belgium leading the world giants atop the standings. Argentina, Spain, Germany, Chile and Brazil are ranked 2nd through 6th respectively.


Sport Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:47:59 +0000
Iran’s Rahimi, Yazdani second at World Freestyle rankings Hassan Rahimi and Hassan Yazdani are the best Iranian wrestlers in the United World Wrestling rankings for men’s freestyle in January.

According to Tsnim news agency quoting the latest ranking, Rahimi is second in the 57kg weight category behind Vladimir Khinchegashvili from Georgia.

In the 70kg, Yazdani is second after Russian Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov.

Also, Iran’s Sayed Ahmad Mohammadi is third in the 65kg.

Frank Chamizo from Italy and Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov are second and third respectively in the weight category.


Sport Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:02:50 +0000