1022 GMT October 28, 2021
Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Hamid Sajjadi said Iran’s sports community has played an undeniable role in fighting cruelty and the global arrogance as 5,135 Iranian athletes have been martyred while defending their country and world’s innocent people.
He made the remark in a message on the occasion of the beginning of the Sacred Defense Week (September 22-29) in Iran, which marks former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s imposed war on the Islamic Republic between 1980 and 1988, IRNA reported.
Sajjadi said Iranians’ eight years of heroic and sacred defense, which was inspired by the uprising of Imam Hussein (PBUH) – the third Imam of Shia Muslims – and his faithful companions against cruelty and tyranny and their martyrdom, was and will always remain a symbol of the Iranian nation’s honor, greatness, glory and sacrifices and has been etched forever in the country’s history.
The Sacred Defense of the brave Iranian men and women against the global arrogance and their refrainment from giving an inch to the enemies and retreating in the face of their cruelty, which were made possible thanks the country’s leadership, Islamic teachings and the firm belief in divine promises, helped prove Iran’s power to the entire international community.
The minister said 5,000 members of the Iranian sports community were martyred during the Sacred Defense, adding 135 Iranian athletes were martyred while defending the holy shrine of Hazrat Zeynab (PBUH), granddaughter of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), against attacks by Takfiri terrorists in Syria.