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Iran’s Leader praises medal winners

15 Mar 2013
Tehran, Iran: Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met the Iranian Olympic and Paralympic medal winners and officials on Monday, Mehr News Agency reports. “The champions are symbols of our nation’s potential and boost our confidence,” the Leader said.

Paying tribute to the Iranian female athletes, who take part in competitions wearing the hijab, he said: “To compete in international events with hijab is so important and valuable. While some veiled women are in danger of being assaulted across Europe, an Iranian woman stands on the podium and the others have been impelled to respect her. We ought to be grateful to her,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Praising the Iranian disabled athletes, the Leader said: “When the war-disabled and disabled athletes win the championships, despite the physical challenges, it shows our nation’s dignity and determination.”

Admiring the athletes, he stated: “I sincerely thank all the athletes who mention the names of imams at the sports fields as well as all the sports persons who pray to God after winning the medals, and all the sportswomen who respect religious ethics at the competitions.”

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