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Sport in Iran

Iran has a very rich sporting history. It is the birthplace of polo which was recorded to have been played there in as early as the 6th century BC. However, freestyle wrestling is regarded as their traditional sport and is officially their national sport. However, with about two thirds of the country's population being under 30, there are a lot of sports that have recently gained in popularity. As in many parts of the world, Association Football is the most popular sport among the masses.

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Iran is also one of the few countries that still holdfast to their traditional sport of wrestling, and is still popular among the young. Iran's style of wrestling, commonly called koshti, has changed very little since its ancient roots. The Iranian wrestling team have become international champions and even Olympic gold medalists.

Iran's national football team is three-time Asian Cup champions and the basketball team has taken a number of Asian Championships. Iran is also the first West Asian country to ever host the Asian Games (in 1974). The team made its FIFA World Cup debut in 1978

The Iran national futsal team is one of the strongest in the world. This team has won the AFC Futsal Championship the most of any nation. Iran also has a nationwide Super Futsal League.

Iran has also produced some of the biggest names in weightlifting, namely Hossein Rezazadeh and Behdad Salimi. Hossein Rezazadeh is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2000 and 2004). He also took the bronze (1999) before becoming a four-time World Weightlifting champion (2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006). Behdad Salimi took home one Olympic gold (2012), a couple of gold (2010 and 2011) and a silver (2014) in the World Championships.

You may also be surprised that there are many ski fields in Iran and snow skiing is a popular pastime.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Iran.

Popular sports of Iran

Iran Traditional or Regional Sports

Iran's Sporting Success

Great athletes from Iran

Iran Sports trivia

Iran at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Iran

Upcoming sporting events in Iran

Annual sporting events held in Iran

Sporting Facilities in Iran

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