BBC Persian News:

Iran physical education organization claims presence of kickboxing team in Hispania competition without outland permit and their champion medals is illegal have no credit

Gholamreza Parsa, top-manager of governmental organization, said that kickboxing team has participated in Hispania competition without outland permit and their champion medals have no credit and shall not be approved by physical education organization.

Iran team has participated in competition titled “cup of gladiators” held last month and achieved the first place with One Gold, four Silvers and one Bronze. Hispania and United States stood in second and third place accordingly.

Seyyed Ali Haghshenas, Ali Shiri, Ehsan Mohammadian, Javad Gholampour , Mohammad Farahani and Korush Shiri were the winners of competition.

Seyyed Ali Haghshenas, champion of the said competition and head of Iranian martial arts professionals union said in an interview with BBC Persian:” there was no need for taking any permit, because this institution is private and our team was not participated in competition in favor of Iran National Team.

He added that he hopes that the decision of physical education is not their official one.

Kickboxing has not an independent federation in Iran and according to Haghshenas, Karate and martial Arts Sport federation are in dispute over supporting the kickboxing.

Source: BBC Persian News, 27/8/2008