Iran, Hungary to Boost Sports Cooperation
TEHRAN (FNA) - Iranian Ambassador to Hungary Gholam Ali Rajabi Yazdi said that Tehran and Budapest have had good cooperation on sports so far, and vowed that the two countries will 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 on Thursday, 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.