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Iran and Croatia forge closer sporting links

Date : 02 May 2019

Tehran, Iran, May 2, 2019: Iran and Croatia have signed a memorandum of understanding forging closer sporting links between the two countries.

Iran National Olympic Committee President Reza Salehi Amiri warmly welcomed his Croatian counterpart Zlatko Matesa at the headquarters of the Iran NOC where the two committees inked the agreement to boost sporting cooperation.

Croatia NOC President Matesa also held a meeting with Iran's Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Masoud Soltanfar, reported the Tehran Times.

“We look forward to deepening cooperation and building stronger ties between Iran and Croatia. Iran can help Croatia in sports like weightlifting, taekwondo, wrestling, karate and wushu and Croatia is a sporting powerhouse in athletics, gymnastics, swimming and water polo. We have to promote the exchange of programmes, experiences, skills and knowledge to support our athletes,” Soltanfar said.

Matesa added: “We are here to boost sports collaboration between the two countries. We can exchange coaches and athletes and hold seminars in sports education. Branko Ivanokovic, coach of Persepolis, is one of the popular sports characters in Croatia and we are happy there is a connection between the two nations by football.”

Matesa presented a Luka Modric No. 10 shirt to Soltanfar.

The Croatian sporting chief also met with the presidents of the Iranian handball and basketball federations and signed MoUs with them to boost cooperation in these sports.

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