1974 Terhan Asian Games

High jumper Teymour Ghiassi sets new Asian record at Tehran Asian Olympics, 1974

The Iranian royal family are among the spectators:


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Hoshang Targol

Ah, you useless nostalgic bunch

by Hoshang Targol on

Unlike me of course!

I still have some of the stamps for Tehran Asian Games!! Market value:  probably none. Personal value: priceless. Probably should get a scanner and post some of them here, we all have some NOSTALGIA  GALORE!!!

But Ahab is right, let's focus on 21st century.

Milan: concur, Demis was ALL OVER IRAN, from Tehran to kenar daria-Shomal, Kernanshah, Abadan,... those were the days....



by Anoush on

my friend farra.. do u think Russia or China have had a sign of political maturity?!

Your opinion is very most welcome but this is for sure NOT a fact !


Prescription eyeglasess

by michaldisuja on

In this time many eyeglasess we see in the market, some is good for the healt and some is not good for our health. But some eye glasess are prescription eyeglasess  they vey use full for us. this time Doctor give the advice you want to save your eyes for dust so you will use put on eyeglasess.


Dariush jon, I don't quite remember Albano

by Milan on

But Demiss Rossos' [sp] voice was blaring out of every Peykan javanaan around our high school in Gholhak:)


Iran would not have been ready for Olympics in 1980, regardless!

by farrad02 on

I'm no fan of the IRI but the fact is that Iran was far away from being a country worthy of and ready for the Olymic Games in 1980! And has remained so since the 1980's!

The Olymics are a symbol of a country's readiness to be a responsible and measured player on the world stage! The games are a sign of the country's social, economic and political maturity, since it takes such a high level or organization, expenses and planning to pull them off, especially nowadays!

Iran was never even close to that threshold and has fallen even farther away from that level since the dreaded Revolution in 1979!

This is a fact!

And thanks by the way for taking us all down the memory lane with Teymour Ghiassi video! This was great!


Anahid Hojjati

DK jan, I don't remember the ads, But I sure remember Albano

by Anahid Hojjati on


Dear Darius, when I was less than ten years old, we used to visit my

grandparents in Brujerd; mostly in summer, and sometimes we stayed for days.  Over there,  we went to Albano and Romina Power movies. They were very popular back then.


Enough of missing

by capt_ayhab on

Nostalgia all fine and dandy, but let us all move forward to the 21st century and its bitter realities.




by yolanda on

Finally, I watched the video! What a beautiful "Fosbury flop" by Teymour!


Thank you for sharing!

Saman Ahmadi

1974 Asian Games

by Saman Ahmadi on

I was at the games - we went to a basketball game and a wrestling match.

It was the first time that I experienced soft drink out of a can!

Sweet memories - thanks Ghormeh Zabzi. 

The Phantom Of The Opera


by The Phantom Of The Opera on



The Pahlavis, all mullahs, and all public figures associated with the Green Movement  must disclose the source and the amount of their wealth/income.



by yolanda on

Hi! Mehman ,

Thank you for your post......wow! You have an amazing memory that you remember the Chinese high jump record holder's name, Ni Chi-chin......


In sports, Iran ranked #2 in Asia in 1974, it had more gold medals than China, S Korea, and Israel......right now, it is a total different story thanks to IRI!




I was there!

by Mehman on

I was there when that event happened!

I was a kid and my parents took me for the first time to that big Aryameh/Azadi stadium: it was the Asian Olympic games. I was following the games from TV but that day I forced my parents to take me to the stadium to see at least one game alive, an important football game.

Actually, It was a chance that we entered the stadium just a few minutes before Teimour ghiassi broke the Asian jump record.

Nichi chin, from China, was the record holder and no one thought that Ghiassi could defeat him and break the Asian record! At that time the world record was 230 cm hold by Stones from US. So 221 was a great jump for Asia.

We wanted to see the Iran-Iraq semi final football match and that jump race happened just before it!

When me my mom, dad and little sister entered the stadium first we were amazed by the huge size of the stadium which was the biggest in Asia at that time (1974) and then the announcer told us to keep silent since Ghiassi wanted to break the Asian record... and he did it! It was a great moment of joy and pride for all Iranians.

Then Iran beat iraq 1 to 0 and got to the final game with Isreal... and the rest is history!

Happy good old days of childhood!


Darius Kadivar

Thanks mehdi2009 Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

So I was not too far from the truth ;0)

Thanks for the insightful Feedbacks.




by yolanda on

Thank you for the video.....My Iranian Math teacher told me that Iranian ladies competed in all the events.....there was no mandatory hijab law.....yeah!


From Wikipedia:

" Los Angeles was selected as the host of the Games on May 18, 1978 on the 80th IOC session at Athens, Greece, without a vote, because it was the only city that submitted a bid to host the 1984 Summer Olympics. The only other interested city on the international level, Tehran, declined to bid. Many blamed this on the massive cost overruns of the 1976 Games, staged in Montreal."


Great Memories, Thanks for posting these images

by mehdi2009 on

GS-e Aziz,

Thanks for posting this wonderful moment in Iranian sporting history. I was with my father at the Olympic/Aryamehr Stadium that day, and all of us in there were sitting on the edge of our seats with every attempt at the High Jump by our beloved Teymour, and when he finally won and broke the Asian record it was PURE Joy for ALL.

I along with a few friends from high school used to go everyday to the Olympic village, and ours and everybody else's favorite event was the Water-polo competition, and the games with Japan (6-6 draw) and China (5-5) draw were so intense. We decided to watch the final game to win the Gold Medal by Iran (32-1 victory over Kuwait) on Television as the Water-polo fever was getting very hot and there was hardly any room at the swimming venue. Our wonderful Women Fencing team also won the Gold medal in one of the team event, and we were all in love with Beautiful Jilla Almasi.

Darius-e Aziz, 

Because of the successful hosting of the 1974 Asian games, Iran was seriously considered for hosting of the 1980 Olympics and was one of the competing cities, however in 1976 (Cold War Politics) it was decided by the IOC to award the games to Moscow, USSR, and Tehran then had to wait until 1988, when eventually with all the disaster which had befallen our imprisoned land, the games went to Seoul, South Korea. 

Salutations to All the TRUE Sons and Daughters of Iran.


Darius Kadivar

Anahid Jaan Do You Remember the Nana Mouskouri Ads ? ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Watching the Video I noticed the Shahbanou cleaning her eye glasses or those of her husband the Shah while he is looking through the binoculars;



I remember everywhere I used to go in town ( we lived in Shiraz) there was always an Ad of Nana Mouskouri or Albano promoting eyeglasses.

Here is another one for the weekend:

Nana Mouskouri - & The King's Singers - Alleluia -



Anahid Hojjati

Thanks Darius, maybe those older than us remember better

by Anahid Hojjati on


Dear Darius, you and I were very young during mid 1970s.  Maybe those who are few years older than us, remember better.  By the way, I think for Triple jump, the Iranian champion in those games was "Ehsanollah Parsa" who was my track and field coach.  Those were the days when as an 11 year old, I used to go to track and field practice with other girls from Kharazmi junior high and Kharazmi high school.  Mr. Parsa was very nice guy.

Darius Kadivar

Anahid Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

I am not an authority on the Olympic Games but I do recall there was much talk about Iran hosting the Olympics of 1980 in Tehran.

Maybe You are Right ? ...

Dunno if any decision had been made by the Olympic Commitee but I think Iran was amongst the favorite candidates. The Asian Games were held in Tehran in 1974 and usually the Olympics commitee was gathered every Four Years prior to each Olympic Games to choose the Host Country.

Maybe it was just a rumor, dunno ? ...

If you have anybody can confirm or deny my assessment Please do.

Thanks in advance,


Anahid Hojjati

DK jan,I don' t remember so:"Iran was to Host the 1980 Olympic "

by Anahid Hojjati on


Dear Darius, I don't think that is the case:"...Iran was to Host the 1980 Olympic Games but because of the Revolution, the Soviets Got to Hold the Events that year."


I remember Ghiassi's jump. I think he was Kalani's friend too.

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred.


A proud moment for Iranians

by Sid Sarshar on

I remember that day vividly.  What a joy to watch Mr. Ghiassi jump.   Thanks for the post.

Darius Kadivar

FYI/More on Teymour Ghiassi Results Munich/Montreal Games

by Darius Kadivar on

Full name: Teymour Ali Ghiassi
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: April 12, 1946
Country:  Iran
Sport: Athletics

Personal Best: HJ - 2.21 (1974).

See Results in Montreal, and Munich


Darius Kadivar

Great Find GM Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

Iran was to Host the 1980 Olympic Games but because of the Revolution, the Soviets Got to Hold the Events that year.

Too Bad ! ...

The Asian Games were giving us the necessary experience to host such events.

Great Find and thanks for Sharing it.