World class US and European skateboarders skating in Iran

While skateboarding has a firm footing across major cities of the world, Iran certainly isn’t a name you’d associate with skating. Bridging an in-depth skateboarding video with documentary film, Thrasher Magazine and producer Patrik Wallner venture into Iran for an episode of “Visualtraveling.”

Here, they meet MJ, skateboard enthusiast and skate deck craftsman who takes the crew through the country. Running into their fair share of challenges, the crew of skaters find out first hand what it’s like to skate in the Persian region. Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, the film is a mind-expanding piece that’s definitely worth your while.

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HYPEBEAST | Thrasher Magazine travels to Iran for “Visualtraveling: The Persian Version”

Photos: International Equestrian Tournament for teenage jockeys was held in Chitgar Park in Tehran, Iran

Thirty eight jockeys competed in the 1st International Equestrian Tournament for Juniors (jockeys aged between 14 and 18) organized by the Equestrian Federation of Iran.

The tournament took place from April 23 to April 24 in Chitgar Park, Tehran. Embassadors from Belgium, Belarus, Spain and Turkmenistan visited the event. The first place went to Sobhan Youssefi riding Fouravar, Arshia Tassafi riding Butterfly took the second place and Amir Azsalan Tambakoukar riding Jalisco the third.

The restults on Thursday were:
1st place: Salar Golestanian riding Anora,
2nd place: Mehrdad Ameri riding Karbeh and
3rd place: Sobhan Yousefi riding Fouravar

Sources: International Equestrian Federation | Calendar , IRNA | Photos, Equestrian Federation of Iran | News

 

 

New Year’s dreams – What do Iranians wish for this year that just started?

The start of a new year is associated with dreams and new things we would like to achieve.

Iranians wrote down what they wish of this New Year and were photographed holding their written wishes and an element of the haft sin. Enjoy the photo gallery!

Click on a photo and see the translation of all the wishes:

Learn more about the Iranian New Year (Nowruz), its traditions and food: http://theotheriran.com/tag/nowruz/

Sources: Mehr News Agency | Photos

Sahar Pakseresht: Young Iranian woman wins the ‘The Young Innovators Competition’ of the International Telecom Union

The Young Innovators Competition has many challenges includes ‘Local Digital Content’, ‘Open Source Technologies for Disaster Management’ and ‘Smart Cities and Climate Change’.

Sahar Pakseresht was one of the participants of ‘Open Source Technologies for Disaster Management’ challenge.Her idea, called ‘NAJI’ has been selected as the winner of this challenge among almost 150 applications from a group of dedicated, exciting and motived young people from all over the world.

Sahar Pakseresht Young Iranian woman wins the ‘The Young Innovators Competition’ of the International Telecom UnionSo, What is ‘NAJI’? Naji (means savior in Persian) is a two part system, consisting of a bracelet that marks the user’s location and vital signs in a disaster, making rescue easier and a mobile application which streamlines requests for assistance from emergency personnel. It functions over a range of communication systems in order to make sure that it continues to function when needed, by switching from data to phone to SMS to USSD as needed.

What does NAJI do in details?

She says: “I faced the earthquake when I was 15 years old. It was the most horrible things in my life, I saw myself too close to death. I was wonder how to overcome to this fear and save lives of human with the help of technology.” Sahar wrote, “If I can save the life of one person then my mission is done successfully. Once I heard about this competition I found out that this competition is the way that I was always looking for to reach my goals.”

Source: techly.co – An Iranian girl is a winner of ITU Telecom World 2014

Iran beat China to lift U-20 Asian volleyball crown

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The Iranian team wearing their gold medals

Manama, Bahrain, October 25,  2014 — Iran has pulled off a stunning straight-sets victory over China to take gold at the 17th Asian U20 Men’s Volleyball Championships in Bahrain.

A match billed as a clash of the Asian junior titans became a volleyball clinic, with Iran strolling to its fifth Asian U20 title, all achieved in the past nine championships.

With the exception of the first five points of the match, which China won, Iran was in total control. The seeds were sown in the sixth point of the opening set, when Rahman Taghizadeh rose to block a Runtao Xia spike.

That block not only stopped the Chinese momentum, it also signaled a change in direction for his teammates.

Suddenly Iran were the aggressors; at the net, block after block thwarted the previously untouchable Chinese attack.

Taghizadeh was the central brick in a wall as strong as the great Chinese Wall itself. On 15 occasions Iran scored from blocks, seven of those from the tentacle-like arms of Taghizadeh.

Captain Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad smashed two spikes so hard into the Chinese floor it was almost as if the ball was made of concrete – suddenly the score was six-all.

Manavinezhad, later named the tournament’s most valuable player, was inspiring. In a contest full of outstanding players, he stood the tallest.

It wasn’t just that he dominated the scoring, finishing with 16 points, it was when he dominated; whenever his team wavered ever so slightly, whenever China threatened to muscle its way back into the contest.

All this from a team that played almost all its pool matches with just ten players, after visa problems left two of its players cooling their heels in Tehran.

“I promised you before that at the end of the competition it must be the best volleyball that wins,” an elated Iran coach, Nafarzadeh Farhad said.

“They worked very hard for this, working, working, working, step-by-step. Today the players showed they were one team and they were the best in the competition.”

No-one seemed more surprised by the unfamiliar surroundings the Chinese side found themselves in than the Chinese.

Players who had wreaked havoc on opponents all week had no answers to the Iranian dominance.

Zhejia Zhang, the Chinese blocking machine later named the tournament’s best middle blocker, managed just one for the night.

Runtao Xia, later to be named best outside spiker, was restricted to just seven points.

It was a powerful display by Iran, and guarantees Asia will be well served at next year’s U23 World Championships in Mexico.

“In 2007 I was with the Iran youth team when we won the gold medal, and I hope next year we can repeat history and win another gold medal,” coach Farhad said.

Final result: Iran vs. China 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19)

Final standings
1. IRAN
2. CHINA
3. KOREA
4. BAHRAIN
5. JAPAN
6. CHINESE TAIPEI
7. QATAR
8. THAILAND
9. INDIA
10. KAZAKHSTAN
11. SRI LANKA
12. SAUDI ARABIA
13. TURKMENISTAN
14. NEW ZEALAND
15. MALDIVES
16. UZBEKISTAN
17. HONG KONG
18. KUWAIT

Individual awards
Best setter: Yu Yaochen (China)
Best outside spiker: Valaei Akbar (Iran)
Best outside spiker: Xia Runtao (China)
Best middle blocker: Alla Verdian Sahand (Iran)
Best middle blocker: Zhang Zhejia (China)
Best libero: Lee Sanguk (Korea)
Best opposite spiker: Mohamed Anan (Bahrain)
Most valuable player: Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad (Iran)

http://www.asianvolleyball.org/news/detail/id/3010/category/Volleyball+News/navf

Iranian team members celebrate their victory

iranian defensive wall

Iranian defensive wall

2014 Asian U20 Men Volleyball Championship in Bahrain - Iranian supporters

Iranian supporters in Manama, Bahrein, at the 2014 Asian junior men’s volleyball championship