Sep 24, 2018 13:39 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 14, 2019 21:40 Asia/Tehran]

Leader of Islamic revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei has said that “we will rigorously punish the coward masterminds behind the attack.

Iran Press/Irannews: 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 the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei after performing the afternoon prayers on Monday.

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.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: “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.”

Ayatollah Khamenei 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.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, noted: “This heart-breaking event revealed once again that the Iranian nation faces many enemies in their prideful way towards progress and development.”

Meanwhile, 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.”

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.”

Elaborating on the reasons behind Iranian athletes refraining from competing with the representatives of the Zionist Regime, Ayatollah Khamenei reminded his audience: “Since the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran never recognized the Zionist regime nor the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Of course, the Apartheid regime in South Africa collapsed and the usurper, fraudulent and apartheid Zionist regime will also collapse.”

The leader of the Islamic Revolution reiterated: “The Islamic Republic of Iran will never compete with the representatives of the Zionist regime in any sports matches and we believe this action is a true form of championship.”

Ayatollah Khamenei advised the young athletes that, given the special attention the people give to the young athletes, they should be “humble, religious and revolutionary, they should keep moving forward and value family,” so that in the eyes of the people, these athletes can be a role model to follow in adopting “appropriate behavior, chastity and purity”.

Finally, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution regarded the meeting with the medal-winners of the Islamic Republic of Iran's sports teams as very sweet and unforgettable, stating: “sports championship, like the peak of a mountain, should encourage all the people to exercise and it should make doing sports look interesting and attractive to all.”

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