Victorious athletes bring honor to Iranian nation

TEHRAN, Jun. 20 (MNA) – Iran’s President Rouhani said the victory of Iranian representatives in all arenas marks a great virtue for the Iranian nation.

Addressing a gathering of Iranian athletes during an Iftar ceremony on Sunday evening, President Rouhani underlined the importance of exercise and sport in the society and said “athletics are the ones who bring honor to the nation while introducing the Iranian culture and identity to the world; professional sport, once merged with Islamic values and humane morals, could serve as the greatest shield against global Iranophobia and introduce the true image of Iran and Iranians to the world.”

“I’m pleased to live in a country where the young generation reach great achievements in scientific fields as well as sportive competitions; we also have great heroes in diplomacy arena who could win over international community and claim Iran’s nuclear right last year,” asserted Rouhani.

Noting Iran’s history “which is full of proud and honor”, President Rouhani hailed the prominent role of martyrs during the Islamic Revolution and Imposed War underlining that Iran would never forget these heroes.

President also lauded Iranian female athletes “who take part in sport competitions observing the Islamic rules [of hijab], which is a unique characteristic of Islamic Republic of Iran,” and underlined “this is an honor for whole Islamic world and marks our fidelity to our culture and identity.”

Rouhani meanwhile pointed to the efforts his government has made so far to support Iranian sportsmen and sportswomen in their way to the Olympics and Paralympics and emphasized that the government will keep up helping the Iranian athletics in international competition scenes.

 

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