The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colorful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea on Friday, though the diplomacy was tougher to choreograph in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together.
Iranian sportsmen and women have exhibited awe-inspiring displays of talent at the 2015 edition of the international track and field tournament in memory of the Soviet athlete Gusman Kosanov, and secured places in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The history of volleyball in Iran dates back to the early 1920s when it gained popularity as a college sport. However, it was not until the 1950s that the Iranian men’s team made its competitive debut. And despite the sport’s steady increase in popularity during the subsequent decades, it is only relatively recently that the country has made its mark on the international volleyball map.