Teheran Iran Sports
Iran's football fans celebrate the fact that they can attend their country's first women's football match after a ban on men's sporting events. Iranian women will watch their national team's match against the United States on Thursday as they can buy tickets to the match for the first time in 40 years. Women were unable to get tickets to their first match on Iran's national football team, which they attended in front of more than 1.5 million people at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Thursday.
Iranian women are taking part in a football match for the first time in 40 years after a ban on men's sporting events in the country's capital.
American media gave only minimal coverage to the event, even in the sports section, and it was a great success for many Iranians who filled the Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran and cheered on the American team as much as the Iranian wrestlers.
Iranian television has been watching her arrival at LAX by an estimated 50 to 60 million Iranians. The Iranian public treated the US team as winners, despite finishing ninth out of 10 teams, as members of both their US and Iranian teams entered the arena together. Many Iranian men expressed their joy at the victory of the Iranian women, while expressing disappointment that the women who will be present in the Azadi Stadium will not be among these events. On June 26, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, himself a former wrestler, tweeted a video of a woman attending the screening and said: "Thousands of Iranian families have watched.
The Iranian public, which usually hosted high-profile sports personalities, was warmly received by Penn State players and coaches who knew next to nothing about Iran.
According to the country's governing body for sport, the Iranian Federation of Sports and Youth (IFF), the Iranian authorities have reserved 3,500 tickets for the event. Despite President Trump's policies, the US wrestling team has expressed a desire to travel to Iran, and the head of the US National Wrestling Federation (USWF) has written a letter to his country's sports and youth minister calling for a reversal of that policy. In his letter, Khadem argued that Iran was promoting sports diplomacy by issuing visas for American teams. IFF spokesman Amir Mahdi Alavi was quoted as saying: "Iran is ready to host different teams, as it has repeatedly demonstrated in recent years.
As for the state of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the outlook for Quiroz and the current crop of Iranian players remains promising.
Quiroz will then lead his team to the pitch in Tehran Stadium, where they will face Qatar in the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The gates of Azadi Stadium were opened by the authorities to both men and women to watch, and years later it provided an opportunity for rapprochement between the US and Iran. The Iranian team continued to make history, reaching first place in the first round of the FIFA World Cup in Iran in 1998 and second place in 2002. The first match between the two countries at a FIFA tournament ever took place in June 1998, when the US and Iranian football teams were placed in the same group at the World Cup in France.
In 2006, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lifted the ban, but the decision was reversed just months later by the country's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. In the 1990 "s, Iran's reformist President Mohammad Khatami called for sports and other forms of civic diplomacy to break down the walls of mistrust between Iran and the United States. Although Iran-Israel is now a mortal enemy, this series has highlighted the history they share and the respect that Israelis and Iranians have had to endure with respect since the Islamic Revolution.
Trump's decision also had a direct impact on the Iranian sports team, when the Iranian archery team was denied the right to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The women said that the temporary suspension of the ban was just a show by the Iranian government to appease the FIVB, which has demanded that Iran lift its ban on women's football matches in its stadiums and stop hosting international matches. FIFA has repeatedly called on Iran to take a more active role in allowing women to play in football stadiums in Iran and other sports. In recent years, several prominent female athletes, including former FIFA World Cup and Olympic champion Maria Sharapova, have spoken out in favour of the need to allow women back into stadiums. She said: 'Our position is clear, we do not allow football in Iran's stadiums without women in those stadiums.
Iran is considered an elite nation in sport, with regions such as Kermanshah, Khorasan, Hamadan and Tehran producing adepts. The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been touted as one of the most intense in the Middle East, and even geopolitical and religious standpoints seem to have come to a head in a recent World Cup qualifier between the two countries. Many in Iran have expressed concern that national sporting disputes and rivalries could be brought to the international stage if the opponents are a team from Saudi Arabia. While fans of rival Iranian teams are believed to have intervened in favor of a Saudi team, Iranians debate whether such moves could have been subordinated to regular competition among fans, or whether patriotism should take precedence.