Sep 25, 2018, 4:19 PM
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Pres Rouhani stresses importance of sports, health

Tehran, Sept 25, IRNA – Sport contributes to the health of body and soul and causes vitality and mobility in societies, and we must work to expand it in all aspects, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“Fortunately in recent years, Iran's sport has grown widely at public and championship levels,” said Rouhani in a meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach on Monday evening on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Stressing the necessity of developing and strengthening relations between the National Olympic Committee of Iran and the International Olympic Committee and pointing out that the National Olympic Committee of Iran has good relations with the International Olympic Committee, President Rouhani said, “Despite the independence of federations from the government, we always support sports and athletes in our country”.

The president stressed creating equal opportunities for men and women in various fields of social activities, including sports, and said, 'Fortunately, in the last five years, Iranian women have had a strong presence in various fields and have had an important role in political and management positions, in a way that more than 280 positions have been transferred from men to women'.

President of the International Olympic Committee offered condolences over the terrorist attack in Ahvaz and said, “Iran's sport has made tremendous progress in recent years and has created great opportunities for Iranian women to appear in various sports fields”.

Referring to the positive and constructive steps taken by the Iranian National Olympic Committee to promote sports in the country, he called for the development of relations and cooperation of the committee with the International Olympic Committee.

Rouhani is in New York to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly session. He is scheduled to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday to express Iran's stances about regional and international issues.

Rouhani's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi, Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Majid Takht-e Ravanchi and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi are accompanying Rouhani on his trip to New York.

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