A group of medal winners of the Islamic Republic of Iran's sports teams who participated in Asian Games 2018 held in Jakarta, Indonesia, met with Ayatollah Khamenei-- the Leader of the Islamic Revolution-- after performing the afternoon prayers, on Monday, September 24, 2018.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A group of medal winners of the Islamic Republic of Iran's sports teams who participated in Asian Games 2018 held in Jakarta, Indonesia, met with Ayatollah Khamenei-- the Leader of the Islamic Revolution-- after performing the afternoon prayers, on Monday, September 24, 2018.
During this meeting, the Leader of the Revolution—Ayatollah Khamenei-- asserted that “the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in Ahvaz are funded by Saudi and UAE regimes;” adding that: “We will rigorously punish the cowardly masterminds behind the attack.”
Before making a few points to the athletes in presence, Ayatollah Khamenei described this year’s enthusiastic and significant presence of the Iranian nation in mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussain (a.s.) as meaningful and greater than previous years. He, then, recalled the terrorist attack in Ahvaz that took place two days ago, by saying: “This heart-breaking event revealed once again that the Iranian nation faces many enemies in their prideful way towards progress and development.”
He called attacking the defenseless individuals a cowardly action, and reminded his audience: “Bravery is shown by the youth of Iran who have made significant contributions in science, defense and sports.”
He went on to say: “According to reports, the cowardly attack was carried out by the same people who, whenever trapped in Syria or Iraq, U.S. comes to save them. They are funded by Saudi and UAE regimes.” The Leader of the Revolution reiterated: “Undoubtedly, we will rigorously punish the masterminds behind the attack.”
Addressing the athletes, Ayatollah Khamenei maintained: “You are the real [gold] medals; because the most valuable asset for a country that ensures its progress, is productive, devout, serious, talented and hard-working human force.”
The Leader of the Revolution mentioned that the accomplishments of the Iranian female and male medal winners in international competitions brought happiness to the free nations, while it infuriated the Front of Arrogance, adding: “The heads of the arrogant powers are infuriated by every achievement of the Iranian nation in any area; hence, your victory is indeed a victory for the whole of the Iranian nation, and a defeat for the extensive front of the enemies of Iran. As a result, I am truly proud of you, and I wholeheartedly appreciate and thank you for your efforts.”
Referring to frequent efforts by the enemies to obscure important achievements made by the Iranian nation, in various arenas, Ayatollah Khamenei held: “Of course, your prideful victory before the eyes of hundreds of millions of people around the world is undeniable, and this feature magnifies the value of your work.”
Ayatollah Khamenei regarded the persisting scenes of athletes praying and prostrating to God after victory, Iranian female athletes’ Islamic modest dressing in the matches, and athletes offering their medals to the honored martyrs as proof of Iranian, Islamic and revolutionary identity and personality of the zealous Iranian athletes and stressed: “Hired athletes of some other countries are unable to show the identity of that nation; whereas, our Iranian athletes proudly represent the identity of the Iranian nation. What you do cannot be priced by any material calculations.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed to the fact that some Iranian athletes have been threatened by certain foreign agencies and mentioned: “Being humble before the agents of the Arrogance brings no pride; thus, when faced with threats such as ‘if you do not participate in a certain match, or avoid doing a certain task, the federation will be disappointed with you’, you should not surrender to wrongful and invasive norms.”
Emphasizing on the fact that in the arena of sports no fear or compromise is acceptable; rather, bravery and progression are expected, he added: “Values and cultural customs cannot and should not be ignored. Undoubtedly, those who oppose the values of the Iranian nation are unable to do a single thing.”