Iranian women enjoying their first sporting experience as fans gear up for Iran-Spain

admin   •   June 21, 2018   •   5865

Iranian woman enjoying live sport for the first time (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

 

Iran and Spain supporters blew trumpets and banged drums in Kazan’s streets on Wednesday afternoon ahead of their teams’ Group B game.

Some Iranian women who travelled to Russia to support their national team experienced watching a game in a stadium for the first time when Iran beat Morocco on Friday.

They were looking forward to cheer for their team again at the Kazan Arena.

The Islamic republic has barred women from attending male soccer matches and other sports fixtures partly to protect them from hearing fans swear.

But that is about to change as Tehran’s Azadi Stadium will admit women to watch Iran take on Spain live on a big screen.

Spanish supporters who could be seen chanting side by side with Iranian supporters were confident of their team’s victory but still enjoyed the good spirit of their interactions with the opposing supporters.

One La Roja supporter from Peru was encouraged to see steps being made to allow more women to enjoy the world cup experience.

The 2010 champions head into the second match at Kazan Arena eager for a win under new coach Fernando Hierro, having been held to a 3-3 draw by Iberian rivals Portugal. — Reuters

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Hidilyn Diaz bags 2 bronze medals at 2019 IWF World Championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019

Hidilyn Diaz bagged 2 bronze medals at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday (September 20).

Diaz competed for the 55kg category. She won her first bronze after lifting 121 kg in clean and jerk discipline. She lifted 93 kg in the snatch category, ranking in eight place and lifting a total of 214 kg.

Diaz said, “It is a privilege given by God to represent my beloved country.”

Meanwhile, Liao Qiuyun of China took home the gold medal with a total of 227kg. She lifted 129 kg and second in snatch with 98kg.—AAC

Iran’s Rouhani says Aramco attacks were reciprocal response by Yemen

UNTV News   •   September 17, 2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

 An attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities was a reciprocal measure by “Yemeni people” to assaults on this country, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday (September 16), hours after a Saudi-led coalition said the attacks were carried out with Iranian weapons.

Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, Rouhani said Yemeni people “exercised their legitimate right to defense”.

The Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls Yemen’s capital claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack, which knocked out more than half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production and damaged the world’s biggest crude processing plant.

Speaking at the same news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was ready to help Saudi Arabia following attacks on the Saudi oil industry if needed.

These Russian weapons would protect any infrastructure facilities of Saudi Arabia, he added. (REUTERS)

Trump says Iran appears to be culprit for Saudi oil attacks

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 17, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday (September 16) said it looked like Iran was behind attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia at the weekend that raised fears of a fresh Middle East conflict, but added that he did not want war with anyone.

Iran has rejected U.S. charges it was to blame for the attacks which damaged the world’s biggest crude processing plant in Saudi Arabia and triggered the largest jump in crude prices in decades.

Several U.S. cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, have blamed Tehran for the strikes.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saying the strikes were carried out by “Yemeni people” retaliating for attacks by a Saudi-led military coalition in a war with Yemen’s Houthi movement.

Asked by a reporter in the White House if Iran was behind the attacks, Trump said: “It’s certainly looking that way at this moment and we’ll let you know. As soon as we find out definitively we’ll let you know but it does look that way.”

The attacks cut 5% of world crude oil production.

Two sources briefed on state oil company Saudi Aramco’s operations told Reuters it might take months for Saudi oil production to return to normal. Earlier estimates had suggested it could take weeks.

Tension in the oil-producing Gulf region has dramatically escalated this year after Trump imposed severe U.S. sanctions on Iran aimed at halting its oil exports altogether.

The U.S. leader said he did not want to act hastily.

“We have a lot of options but I’m not looking at options right now we want to find definitively who did this. We’re dealing with Saudi Arabia. We’re dealing with the crown prince and other of your neighbors. And we’re all talking about it together. We’ll see what happens,” he said.

Trump downplayed the impact of a spike in oil prices in the wake of the attacks on Saudi oil plants, saying prices had not risen much and that the United States and other countries could offset the increase by releasing more supply.

“They haven’t risen very much and we have the strategic oil reserves, which are massive, and we can release a little bit of that, and other countries … can be a little bit more generous with the oil, and you’d bring it right down,” Trump told reporters at the White House as he met with Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa. (REUTERS)

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