ⓘ Iranian American Sport & Culture Association. The Iranian American Sport & Culture Association is a non-profit sports organization initially formed as the Irani ..


ⓘ Iranian American Sport & Culture Association

The Iranian American Sport & Culture Association is a non-profit sports organization initially formed as the Iranian American Wrestling Association in Los Angeles in 2013.


1. Mission

IASA formed in 2013 in response to International Olympic Committees proposal to drop wrestling from the games from 2020.

IASA was founded to bring together Iranians and Americans through sport, promote friendship, to build mutual understanding, and to engage in US-Iranian sport exchanges events. IASA seeks to develop the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty and respect for authority, and using sport as a tool to promote positive social change in the lives of young people and to prevent youth substance abuse and violence. IASA strives to preserve, expand and advance interests of Iranian-American sports including: wrestling, Pahlevani and zoorkhaneh rituals, backgammon, polo, etc.

IASA supports womens sports, and promoting womens sports in underrepresented sports and communities.

IASA aims to supervise, sponsor and assist a disciplined and competitive sports academy and program of wrestling, pahalvani, and zoorkhaneh.


2. Activities

IASA, guided by Sports Diplomacy, has been part of the following Iran-USA Wrestling Diplomacy and sports events serving as a facilitator in US-Iranian sports exchanges, cooperating with USA Wrestling, Iran Wrestling, California Wrestling, USA Volleyball, Iran Volleyball and local and international athletic and media delegations providing transportation, interpretation, accommodation, distribution and sales of tickets in the Los Angeles area in cooperation with World Cup/championships committees and publicity and news coverage in cooperation with other media outlets, for both Team USA and Irans actions:

  • 2014 FILA Wrestling World Cup, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2017 Archery World Cup, Las Vegas, NV.
  • 2013 USA Wrestling "UNITED 4 WRESTLING" To Save Olympic Wrestling, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015 UWW World Wrestling Championships, Las Vegas, NV.
  • 2017 World Weightlifting Championships, Anaheim, CA.
  • 2015 UWW Wrestling World Cup, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2015 Volleyball World League, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2016 UWW Wrestling World Cup, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2014 USA Volleybal Tournament, Los Angeles, CA.
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