0955 GMT December 02, 2022
Qatar World Cup 2022 is an appropriate opportunity for Iran to strengthen national solidarity and promote the spirit of patriotism, said an MP.
Making the remark in an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, Bijan Nobaveh Vatan, the vice chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Cultural Committee, added Iran’s participation in the World Cup has different aspects.
He noted that Iran has been placed in the most political group in the upcoming international tournament, saying in their “real battles” against their rivals, the Iranian players will only think of success and victory.
Turning to the potential advantages of the World Cup being held in Iran’s proximity in Qatar, the lawmaker said the tournament could have had interests for Iran in the field of tourism, regretting that this aspect of the event was not taken much seriously by related Iranian authorities and no planning was done for it.
Nobaveh Vatan described as special the other teams in Iran’s group, noting that this gives sensitive and political aspects to the Iranian team’s matches in the tournament.
The lawmaker said the USA and England are symbols of global colonialism and are both in Iran’s group, calling on the Iranian players to do their best to achieve success in all of their matches.
The parliamentarian added that using the World Cup as an opportunity to increase national unity, plans should be drawn up, particularly by the country’s media, stressing that everybody should make efforts to raise the Iranian players’ spirits for the upcoming event.
He gave the assurance that Iran’s success in the World Cup will definitely make the country’s people happy, saying knowing this, the Iranian players will do everything they can to emerge victorious in their matches.
Commenting on the contribution of the behavior displayed by Iranian athletes in international competitions to the improvement of national unity and solidarity, Nobaveh Vatan said Iranians have always been an example for other states when it comes to defending their land.
The Iranian nation has never given an inch of its soil to foreigners, he noted, stressing that the country has never been an aggressor.
“This proves that our sense of patriotism is very strong.”
The enemy, the Parliament member said, has targeted Iranians’ sense of patriotism and seeks to weaken it to reach its objectives.
He urged Iranian athletes to be aware of the fact and act wisely and insightfully in domestic and international events.
Iran has been drawn with England, Wales and the USA in Group B of the World Cup. The tournament will be held during November 20-December 18.