Candidate Jalili vows to end state monopoly on sports

Presidential candidate Saeed Jalili calls for an end to state monopoly in sports, saying private companies, athletes, voluntary groups and charities are as able to run sporting events as the government.

Speaking on a radio program on Saturday morning, the Principlist candidate added that Article 44 of the Constitution which seeks large-scale privatization of state-run entities should also include sports.

The secretary of the Supreme National Security Council argued that athletes and sporting teams can perform better in national and international events, without government intervention.

Jalili promised to bring about the most fundamental shakeup in sports as part of the reforms his future administration will undertake.

Jalili is competing against President of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Hassan Rohani, MP Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

On June 14, Iranians will cast their ballots at over 66,000 polling stations across the country in the nation’s 11th presidential election. Expatriates will also be able to vote at 285 polling stations which will be set up in other countries.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.

By Press TV


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