“A free-thinker athlete does not allow himself to recognize the Zionist regime for a medal” AhlulBayt News Agency – ABNA

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On September 11, 2021, Imam Khamenei met Iranian Olympic and Paralympic medalists at the Tokyo 2020 Games. This meeting was held in accordance with Imam Khomeini Hussainiyyah’s health protocol.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): On September 11, 2021, Imam Khamenei met Iranian Olympic and Paralympic medalists at the Tokyo 2020 Games. This meeting was held in accordance with Imam Khomeini Hussainiyyah’s health protocol.

Following the recent victories of Iranian athletes in international competitions, the medalists of the teams of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 met with Imam Khamenei on Saturday morning, September 18, 2021. This meeting was held in accordance with to health protocols. in Imam Khomeini Hussainiyyah.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution expressed his sincere gratitude to the country’s champions and said: “The most important message of the championship of the proud athletes of the country in international fields is to show the possibility of accomplishing unimaginable deeds and transmitting the message of perseverance, hope and exuberance to society and to young people.

Imam Khamenei said this message is very important for society and added: “While many organizations are busy planning to deprive society and especially young people of hope and exuberance, the victories of Iranian athletes inject the message of hope into the whole of society and it is very valuable.

Referring to his short messages of gratitude after the victories of the athletes, Imam Khamenei noted: “You must know that these messages were sent from the bottom of your heart and I know the value and importance of your efforts.”

Referring to the victories of Iranian athletes despite certain restrictions, he said: “Despite these restrictions, the country’s flag is hoisted and the podium of the winners of international competitions is being won, it is a sign of strong will and determination. And this determination, this will, this championship and this hope are present not only in sport but also in science, technology, art and literature. One of the important tasks of public servants is to show these achievements openly.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution went on to highlight examples of ways to become a champion and medalist in unhealthy ways in the world of sports. He explained, “In addition to unfair arbitration, corruption, political intrigue and the use of illegal drugs, and winning a medal by betraying one’s country and its values ​​are also examples of unhealthy ways to become one. champion.

Imam Khamenei described the manifestation of human, religious and spiritual values ​​as well as the medals won as very valuable. He spoke of examples of such cases in Olympic and Paralympic competitions. Further, he said: “Naming our sports teams after martyrs, especially martyr Soleimani, offering medals to special martyrs, using a Basiji scarf as a symbol of self-sacrifice and resistance and prostrating on it, wearing Islamic blanket (hijab), especially the raising of the national flag by women wearing the chador, expressing their love and affection for the flag, the prayer scenes, embracing the defeated opponent and the Paralympic team scene of volleyball courts honoring the mother of martyr Babaee are all manifestations of Islamic values ​​and symbols of Iranian identity.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed: “Iranian female athletes have proven in these competitions that Islamic blanket (hijab) is not an obstacle preventing shining on the sports fields. Likewise, women have already proven it in the fields of politics, science and management.

The leader pointed out, “The Iranian female athlete hijab has paved the way for female athletes in Islamic countries to such an extent that now female athletes from more than 10 other Islamic countries participate in sporting events while wearing the hijab.

The leader of the Islamic revolution raised the issue of non-recognition of the Zionist criminal regime in sports fields as a very important issue. He said: “The ruthless, genocidal and illegitimate Zionist regime is trying to gain legitimacy by participating in international sports arenas. And the arrogant powers of the world are helping them. However, honorable sports officials and athletes should not be passive in this area at all. ”

Speaking of the interactions of the Zionist regime and its supporters in their work to disqualify athletes, Imam Khamenei stressed, “The Sports Ministry, Foreign Ministry and legal organizations should pursue this matter through legal means. . They should support the country’s athletes and even Muslim athletes from other countries, like the Algerian athlete who was recently disqualified.

Imam Khamenei stressed that an honorable Iranian athlete cannot shake the hand of a representative of the criminal regime for a mere medal and recognize this regime by doing so: “This problem is not without precedent. In the past, athletes from other countries refused to compete with representatives of the apartheid regime in South Africa. After a while, this regime collapsed, and the Zionist regime will also be destroyed. ”

Imam Khamenei also made some recommendations to sports officials.

Improve the quality of international sports and focus on sending athletes to medal-winning sports fields, plan to improve Iran’s ranking in the Olympics, show appreciation for an Iranian brand of clothing used in the Olympics and support domestic sports equipment manufacturers, pay more attention to original Iranian sports such as chowgan [wicket] and take this opportunity to attract foreign tourists, use Iranian coaches as much as possible, seriously tackle the livelihood difficulties and professional problems of champions, and promote fairness in sport were some of the leader’s recommendations. to the sports officials of the country.

Before the statements of the leader of the Islamic revolution, Mr. Sajjadi, Minister of Sports and Youth, reported on the Iranian teams sent to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the medals won and the status of Iran in these competitions .

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