Squash Federation of Islamic Republic of Iran

- The official activity of Squash Federation was begun after the Revolution and about seven years ago. This sport was played in Ahwaz, Abadan, Masjed Soleyman and some other cities of Khuzistan Province in the past because of the presence of ail experts there and in addition, Bank Melli, Bank Sepah and Oil Company and Tehran Cement Clubs had the Squash courts and their employees played it without official competitions. In 1993, physical education organization decided to establish Squash Federation officially and it was me who began the work with a piece of paper and at the moment we have nine squash complexes in different cities.

  • Background of squash in the world:

    - Its background is 180 years and the English people are those who introduced it to the world. Itwas played in the colonial countries of England such as India, Egypt, Pakistan, Malysia ... more than other countries and world champions come from these countries. Not very late, the Egyptians were the firsts for 10 years and after a short standstill they are amongnest the claimants of world championship. The world and international competitions takes place by the famous Egypt Pyramides.


  • What is the allocated budget of your Federation?
  • -Our last year budjet was 100,000,000 Rials and it could not be responsive for our expenses and I used 100,000,000 Rials from the people aids and in the meantime, I could get about 1,800,000 Rials for building up squash complexes and repairing works and used it to construct squash courts in different cities.

  • How many squash courts do you have in Tehran and other provinces?
  • - The squash courts in Tehran are in Chamran and Enghelab complexes, Bank Melli, Bank Sepah, oil Company, Tehran Cement Company, Sport clubs and Heydarnia sport complex. The squash facilities in Enghelab sport clubs is one of the bests in the country with five courts.

  • Which Delegations are more active?
  • - Our active Delegations are Ahwaz, Kermanshah, Esphahan, Yazd, Arak, Tabrize, Zanjan and Zahedan where the squash courts are under the use. Establishment of courts in those provinces are based on the standing against Cultural Attack, but the Phisical Education General Managers made the most contributions with Squash Federation for which we are very grateful.

  • When the championship copetitions of Tehran and Iran will take place?

    - The Tehran competitions will take place based on the League. One of the best courts made is the late Majid Pazandeh Squas h Hall in Heydarnia sport complex. The late Pazandeh was one of my best friends and colleagues. We will construct the same courts in the provinces. The plan and sketch of Tabriz and Yazd courts are the same as Majid Pazandeh Hall and we have predicted dormitories for the players in active provinces. For some reasons, in some places squash has better developments, for example, in Sistan and Baluchestan it could have a good place because of the short distance to the border cities of Pakistan. We have began the Tehran competitions with seven teames in Pazandeh Hall on every Thursday. We have not had the whole country competitions but we are going to make it.


  • Mr. Farzami, I did not mean the club competitions. I mean Tehran and Iran competitioned.

    - We have not made the Iran competitions so far.


  • Then how you selected the National Team of squash for Bangkok Asian Games 1998?

    - We selected the players based on the familirazations on the players. The detail of players to the said games took place in the minute 90 with the assistances of the authorities of Physical Education Organization.


  • Will the competitions for clubs and open teams be held? Do the clubs competitions take place in Asia and the world?

    - No club games take place in Asia and the world but it is an agenda for the Asia Clubs and World Cup of Squash. For local games we hold the club and open teams. At the moment, the Enghab, Negin Sabz, Ketabsazan and Banks Clubs are active and hope that more clubs to be added.


  • How is squash training?

    - We have announced the squash training free from four to five years ago and still continues. The Federation does not receive any money for training but a small amount for their insurance.


  • Do you allocate rocket and ball free?
  • - Yes, and even the salary of the training will be paid by us.

  • What is your capability for the well experienced coaches?
  • - One of our good colleagues in this regard is from Pakistan and he is living in Tehran for many years. He has technical Knowledge and familiar with international affairs and his brother is a famous Pakistan's squash champions.

  • What is your plsn and program for improvement of squash in the country?
  • - I was a member of football National Team years ago and an Asian champion and a sport at the moment and familiar with the development of sports between young generation but this should be based on the capabilites to reasult. Why we haveselected to provinces and what we expect from the young people of these areas? How we give them services? We have began our works with them and we will succeed for sure. All the sport fams are not for football and wrestling. The federations should find their fams and invest on them. The squash experts and trainers consider the players in the different classes and it is possible for us to select 10 amongst 1000 players. Our National Players have come from these courses.

  • How many times have you participated in the Asian and World Games?
  • - The first Asian round took place in 1998 and Iran was one of its suppoters. Before the Asian Games in Thailand, the suggestion for that play was made by us in World Congress and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Malysia supported us, then the subject was discussed in Asian Confederation and coordinated with the manager of the programs and it was made for the first time. We faced many problems for participation in Bankok Games, but the authorities concerned knew that we had supported the point and we went there at minute 90. We were defeated there but had good experiences.

  • What has been done by Squash Federation for provisionof ball and rocket?
  • - About four years ago Mr. Hashemi Taba allocated us some budgets for participation in world congress and buy equipments such as ball and rocket and we did so and distributed between active delegations.

  • Did Tehran and other cities clubs have a share for those equipments?
  • - Unfortunately we could not help them at that time but we are going to do so in the second phase.

  • Have you received any cash helps from Asian Confederation?
  • - No financial assistances made to us by the said Confederation sofar, but they have detailed instructors to Iran for the development of this sport. To train the first grade coaches and international referees are in our future programs. At the moment, we have a Pakistan coach who has the Iranian Nationality.

  • We know that Bank Melli Club was one of the maine places for this field.
    How is the Federation ccooperations with this club?
  • - Although they had a good background in this respect but after the Revolution, the squash hall was allocated to the drivers and after many correspondences with General Manager of the Bank it was reterned back to the squash players, but the saidclub is not very active in this field.

  • Last poin?
  • - Thank you very much for coming here and reflect our speeches. We have many expectations from keyhan Sport which is the oldest sport publication. The old players consider Keyhan sport as their second home but I have heard that Mr. Madani is against squash.

  • If it is right what we are doing here?
  • - I do not know, I have heard it from a informed source. May be it is not a correct subject.

  • Date and place of birth, educations and family?
  • - 1945 in Tehran, BS in Physical Educations, married and have tow sons. The elder son, 27 years old is a graduate of Physical Educations and the second is a graduate in Art field.

  • Sport background?
  • - My specialty field was football wich I began it in the high school and upto the time that I became a member of National Team my titles were as follows:

    The champion of Tehran Schools, champion of the country with Esteghlal Team, the champion of Asian club, the champion of Asian Nations Cup, Runner up of Asian Games in Thailand, the champion of Asian clubs with Esteghlal Team in Tehran and the Football international coach. I am a member of executive staff of West Asia Games for four years.

  • Your positions in the past and present?
  • - The in charge of Physical Education in Oil and Statisitcs Colleges, The couch of football clubs and National Team players, the expert of provinces affairs and standard of sport equipments and the in charge of common office of the Delegations of Tehran province Physical Education Departments and at the moment I am the president of squash Fereration.

  • What is the characteristics of a successfull manager and what is its definition?
  • - A manager is successfull who is a expert of his management. One who has no profound information of his field will face problems for his responsibilities. The expert of each field should have the management knowledge. The FIFA law says that the servent of a football federation must be footballist.

  • Mr.Farzami, now I have this question that have you been a Squash player that you are president of this Federation?
  • - I have not been a squash player but I am a sport expert, my educations are sports and I am able to manage any sport field.

  • In your opinion, where is the position of sports in the 3rd year Devlopment Program?

    - In My opinion, every government which give a value to the sport will get the reply. I hope that more attention be paid to the sports in 3rd Program.


  • What is your expectations from the members of sixth parliament?

    -If the representives of the people have programs for sports, then the federations cooperate with them and if not, the present capabilities will be eliminated.


  • Advatages and disadvantages of the new articles of association of sport federations?

    - selection of the election has some problems. problems.The conditions for candidates are not specified. The regulation is for amateur sport. Is our sport specially football is amateur? The president of federation should not have a vote right and selection of same voters by federation president is not right and the role of the general managers of Physical Educations in ptovinces have not been considered.


  • The definition of a successfull federation?

    - A federation with a president at hes top is successful. Getting good and enough budget and using it is an art but the more art is how to expense it. The budget of federations is not enough and I hope for its increase.


  • The detinition of successfull sportman.

    - If the goal of the sports is for making champions, the sportman should work all the day. A successfull sportman is one who Knows the day knowledge of his sport and for any success should be taught and tested.


  • Your hobby?

    - reading, playing sports with old friends and watching TV.