Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met the Iranian Olympic and Paralympic medal winners and officials on Monday.
“The champions are symbol of our nation’s potential and boost our confidence,” the Leader said.
Paying tribute to the Iranian women athletes, who take part in the competitions wearing hijab, said, “To compete in the international event with hijab is so important and valuable. While the 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 sportspersons, who pray to God after winning the medals, and all the sportswomen who respect religious ethics at the competitions.”