A message by Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan was read at the opening ceremony of the 35th World Military Volleyball Championship hosted by the Iranian capital of Tehran.
On behalf of Iran’s Armed Forces, Dehghan welcomed all athletes, coaches and officials from various continents and countries participating at the tournament.
Defense minister of Iran reiterated that Iran, as an Islamic and civilized country, has always been a messenger of peace and friendship and deems holding of 2016 CISM Volleyball as a great honor.
He emphasized that the great event represents a tying up and partnership among pure and righteous people who are looking for development of sports regardless of their race or ethnicity and away from assassination and genocide.
“We believe that the gathering of different countries in the major event would enhance and strengthen friendship and love among them,” he underlined.
Brig. Gen. Dehghan further wished success for all athletes regardless of achieved results and voiced hop that staying in Iran will provide joyful and happy memories for participants and their families.
As part of CISM (International Military Sports Council) Military World Games, the 32nd World Military Volleyball Championship will kick off on Sunday September 11 in Khaneh Volleyball Tehran arena.
A total of 12 teams from China, North Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Palestine, Venezuela, Brazil, Qatar and Iran will be competing in the sportive event.