Iranian female basketball fans welcomed at Azadi sports complex

February 26, 2018

TEHRAN – Iranian women have attended a basketball match in Tehran’s Azadi Hall watching a victorious game between Iran national basketball team and the national team of Iraq, played on Sunday.

Female basketball fans observing the Islamic dress code and waving flags took the majority of seats at the 12,000-seat Azadi Hall located at the Azadi sports complex.

Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, a member of Iran’s national team, expressed his happiness of the presence of female basketball fans and welcomed women’s presence besides men, Varzesh 3 website quoted the captain of the national team as saying.

Women’s presence at the stadiums is a big lesson that proves women along with men can support the players, Bahrami said, adding, “Today was the day of women’s peace with basketball.”

“I always wished to play in front of my family and this wish came true on Sunday,” Varzesh 3 quoted Hamed Haddadi, the basketball player of national team in the center position, as saying.

“The great number of basketball fans in the hall made us excited,” he added.

Iran national basketball team took revenge on Iraq in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers, defeating Iraq 83-53 in Group D.

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