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Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:42
Tehran, Belgrade Resolute to Bolster Sports Cooperation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Sports Minister Masoud Soltanifar and Serbian Ambassador to Tehran Dragan Todorovic in a meeting in the Islamic Republic’s capital voiced their respective governments’ determination for strengthening bilateral ties in different areas of sports.

In a Tuesday meeting between Soltanifar and Todorovic in Tehran, the two sides conferred on expansion of sports relations between the two countries.

In this meeting, Todorovic underscored the significance of boosting sports relations with Iran, informing that the two countries have eight common MOUs in various fields including sports, which are to be signed during Serbian President's trip to Iran in near future.  

"We are really inclined to boost cooperation with Iran and there are no borders for us in this regard," he said.

Soltanifar named the mentioned MOUs a new chapter in Iran-Serbia bilateral relations.

He mentioned tourism and medical sector as proper sectors for increasing mutual cooperation, as well.

In late October, 2019, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic, in the Azerbaijani capital Baku.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral ties between the two nations, as well as the latest regional and international developments, including the ongoing situation in the Middle East.

Last month, Todorovic visited the Iran Basketball Federation and conferred with Chairman of the federation Ramin Tabatabaei.

Director General of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Mandana Rassouli and representatives of the Basketball Federation were present in the meeting, where they emphasized expansion of cooperation in the field of basketball. 

The meeting focused on different subjects as sending Iranian basketball coaches to Serbia to take part in short and long-term coaching courses at the basketball training centers in the country, using the experiences of the basic national teams and clubs of Serbia through the dispatch of coaches are among items were considered by the two sides.

Iran is expanding its sportive cooperation with countries from around the world, specially in areas like wrestling which is mainly dominated by Iranian athletes.

In a related front, on January 10, Iranian Ambassador to Hungary Qolam Ali Rajabi Yazdi said that Tehran and Budapest had had good cooperation on sports, and vowed that the two countries would further increase their interactions in this field.

Rajabi Yazdi said that sports diplomacy is among priorities of Iranian Embassy's programs in the Eastern European nation.

In an interview, the Iranian diplomat said regarding the influential role of sports in connecting nations and getting them together in a healthy and peaceful environment, sports cooperation between Iran and Hungary is among priorities of the programs due to be implemented by Iranian Embassy in Hungary.

He said world states consider sports events as the most influential soft power tool and try to hold competitions to have active presence in the world federations and use sports figures' influence to forge stronger engagement of nations and governments.

He went on to offer a list of sports programs of Iran and Hungary including the second-round qualifiers to the 2017 CEV U18 Volleyball European Championship – Women, held in Jászberény of Hungary in September and Iranian Free Style and Greco Roman national teams' presence in the 2018 World Wrestling Championships, held in Budapest from October 20 to 28, and also presence of Hungarian wrestlers in the World Clubs' Free-Style Cup Competitions in December along with presence of Iranian National Youth Boxing Team in Hungary World Boxing Competitions are among sports programs of Iran and Hungary.

He added that 2019 will mark a turning point in expansion of sports cooperation between Iran and Hungary as Iranian athletes will take part in table tennis competitions in Hungary next week, Iran's national boxing team will attend Hungary world boxing competitions in February, Iran's Greco-Roman wrestling team will attend Hungary International competitions late February, Hungary's badminton players will attend Ten-Day Dawn competitions, Iranian Paralympics athletes will attend Tokyo 2020 Paralympics qualifying competitions in Hungary.

In a related front, on November 08, Rajabi Yazdi met with President of the Hungarian Volleyball Federation Ferenc Kovács in Budapest where the two sides vowed to bolster sportive cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting, the two sides conferred on the ways to boost sportive relations, and stressed the need for expansion of comprehensive ties, especially in the field of volleyball, regarding the two countries’ high ranks among the world’s volleyball teams.

The Iranian diplomat, in this meeting, submitted an invitation from President of the Volleyball Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmad Ziaei to the Hungarian official.

He also highlighted the importance of organizing joint meetings and exchanging referees and players between the two federations.

Kovács, for his part, hailed the close relations between Iran and Hungary and expressed hope that the two sides will boost sports cooperation, especially in the field of volleyball.

The Hungarian official welcomed the invitation to visit Iran, and expressed his country’s readiness to host the Iranian volleyball team.

The official noted that the Hungarian federation eyes expanding ties with Iran through signing documents.

 

 

 

 

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