Iran and Pakistan NOCs to strengthen sporting ties with focus on women

© Iran NOC
© Iran NOC

Tehran, Iran, March 28, 2023: Dr. Mahin Farhadizad, Vice President of the Iran National Olympic Committee, welcomed Mohammad Jahangir, Deputy Secretary-General of the Pakistan Olympic Association, at the NOC Headquarters in Tehran on Sunday, March 26.

Discussions at the meeting revolved around further strengthening the existing ties between the two countries on the sports field.

“Iran and Pakistan have always had friendly and very good relations with each other throughout history. These good relations exist among sports, too, and we were happy to see female athletes from Pakistan participating at the recent Nowruz Games,” noted the Iranian NOC Vice President.

“We believe the favourable relations between the two countries in the field of sports should be expanded, and we are ready to host various sports teams of Pakistan. We should also increase cooperation between our two NOCs,” added Dr. Farhadizad.

Pakistan was among the 20 countries that took part in the First International Nowruz Games for Women in Tehran earlier this month. More than 500 athletes competed in nine sports.

In return, POA Deputy Secretary-General Mohammad Jahangir said: “I am very happy to visit Iran and I congratulate the President of the Iran National Olympic Committee for successfully hosting the Nowruz Games where Pakistani women also participated.

“In Pakistan, women play an active role in sports, on the field as well as off, with nearly 35 per cent of executive and managerial positions in our sports federations and associations being held by women,” added Jahangir.