Here is IFP’s translation of the message published on Tuesday, August 23, by the Leader’s official website:
To the athletic team returned from Olympics:
The champions who made the Iranian nation happy by winning medals; to the heroes who were deprived of their rights because of unfair judgments; to the athletes whose failures would not devalue their efforts; to the female athletes who displayed to the world the honourable covering of Iranian woman; to the brave lady who shined at the forefront of the Team Iran in her Islamic hijab; and to the coaches and veterans of Iranian sport teams;
I extend my welcome, and thank all of you.
We appreciate your value.
Seyyed Ali Khamenei
August 23, 2016