Tehran Times
April 14, 2002

Iran, Cuba Mulling Over Expansion of Sports Cooperation: Mehralizadeh

                                             TEHRAN Vice President and Head of Physical Education
                                             Organization (PEO), Mohsen Mehralizadeh, said in his meeting with
                                             the Cuban ambassador to Tehran that the two countries are
                                             considering to boost their sports cooperation.

                                             According to PEO, the two sides conferred Thursday and
                                             Mehralizadeh underlined reinforcement of bilateral cooperation.

                                             Referring to the growing progress of Cuba in all sporting fields,
                                             Mehralizadeh expressed hope that he would visit Cuba in the near
                                             future and prepare the ground for strengthening bilateral sports

                                             The president of Physical Education Organization added that Cuba
                                             has made great success in sports by applying and combining
                                             Eastern technology and Western executive mechanism, revealing
                                             good management.

                                             The Cuban ambassador also referred to President Mohammad
                                             Khatami's visit to Cuba and the meeting between President of
                                             Cuba, Fidel Castro, and Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a
                                             prelude to expansion of bilateral ties in all areas, IRNA reported.

                                             In Cuba, fundamental plans have been implemented in the sports
                                             sector, said the ambassador, adding this sector is based on four
                                             axes of sports medicine, sports biotechnology, sports policy and

                                             He expressed hope that his country would help Iran by sharing its
                                             experiences in these four fields.