TISRI hosts annual conf. on studying Zionist regime

TEHRAN, Nov. 01 (MNA) – The 16th pre-session on studies on the Zionist regime titled “The Use of Sports by the Zionist Regime for Normalization” was held at Tehran International Studies and Research Institute (TISRI).

The session was opened by Dr. Farshid Tahmasbi, Director General of the International Affairs Office of the Ministry of Sports and Youth.

In his remarks, Tahmasbi said the Zionist regime’s main tool was propaganda. He stated that the sports sector had performed well and above average since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He went on to pinpoint a lack of focus on professional sport and strategic planning in this field as its current weaknesses.

Tahmasbi wrapped up by citing strategies to deal with the Zionist regime, such as using the potentials of international law, forming permanent workgroups to counter the Zionist regime in sports, preparing fine works to deal with the actions of the Zionist regime in sports, using the successful experiences of other countries in dealing with the Zionist regime, sending sports advisors to the five main continents, strategic implementation of operational solutions, preventive side measures such as training and culture-building, and the careful appointment of managers.

The next speaker of the event was the senior expert of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mojtaba Amini, who noted that topics such as the Zionist regime’s racism can be highlighted by creating an anti-Zionist axis in sports and citing compelling reasons.

Head of the Athletes' Basij Organization, Dr. Mir-Jalili, also said that the Zionist regime is seeking normalization by using sports as a tool and the ways in which this could be countered included the setup of workgroups and regular meetings, using the potentials of the Olympic Charter, advertising and public opinion, using the potentials of international organizations such as UNESCO, and creating motivational topics for athletes.

He continued by saying that synergy between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Sports, and the international branch of Basij was necessary and highlighted the need to build dialogue and award the international medal of resistance to athletes who do not participate in games against the Zionist regime.

A faculty member of Allameh Tabataba’i University, Dr. Heybatollah Najandi, also had a speech and said that the abstinence of Iranian athletes from playing with the athletes of the Zionist regime was in fact a protest against the illegitimacy of this regime and the widespread violation of human rights against the oppressed people of Palestine. He said our athletes turning up for games with the Zionist regime only reduced the ugliness of the regime’s illegitimate existence.

Also at the pre-session meeting, Hojjat al-Islam Seyed Mohammad-Reza Mir-Tajedini highlighted the need for a multilateral struggle in all sectors against the Zionist regime and stressed that this must be relevant and transparent. He added that sport is not separate from the economy, it also cannot be separate from politics, and the sports sector must be freed from neutrality and move towards areas of value. He finished by emphasizing the need for increased cooperation between the diplomacy apparatus and the Ministry of Sport and considered the legal vacuum in this field a serious shortfall.


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