Leader, President Praise Iranian Athletes’ Performance in Asian Games

Iranian men's volleyball team after winning the gold medal of 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia / Photo by Alireza Karami

Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, in separate messages, have praised the brilliant performance of Iranian athletes in Jakarta Asian Games 2018.

In his message on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei offered congratulations to all “dear medal winners of Iran’s athletic teams”, and thanked them for winning the highest ever number of medals for Iran in the sports event.

“You made the Iranian nation happy and brought glory to the raised flag of Iran,” he added.

Earlier on Saturday night, President Rouhani appreciated efforts made by the athletes, their coaches and the teams’ crew in the 2018 Asian Games.

He also congratulated the athletes for their mighty and brilliant performance in the competition that resulted in the best ever result achieved by Iran in the Asian games.

“I would also like to acknowledge Iranian female athletes’ proud presence in these games, who observed Islamic and national values and won the most medals to break the record of the previous games, hoisting the Iranian flag to portray the confidence and power of our country’s women in different fields of competition,” Rouhani added.

Iran came sixth in the medal standings of the 2018 Asian Games with 62 medals, including 20 gold, 20 silver and 22 bronze, Tasnim reported.

In another message, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also praised the athletes taking part in the 2018 Asian Games, saying the brave Iranian men and women did a great job in the games, which was an opportunity for unity of the nations and stronger friendship.

Asian Games is the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the summer Olympics.

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