Iran, Hun­gary to Boost Sports Co­op­er­a­tion

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

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.

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