Sports Played in Tehran Tehran was the first city in the Middle East to host the Asian Games. The 7th Asian Summer Games was held in Tehran, with the participation of 2,363 athletes and officials from 25 countries.
Football and volleyball are the city's most popular sports, while wrestling, basketball, and futsal are also major parts of the city's sporting culture.
12 ski resorts operate in Iran, the most famous being Tochal, Dizin, and Shemshak, all within one to three hours from the city of Tehran.
Tochal Ski Resort is the world's fifth highest ski resort, at over 3,730 meters (12,240 ft) at its highest, and it is also the world's nearest ski resort to a capital. The resort was completed in 1976, shortly before the 1979 Revolution.
Tochal has an 8-kilometre-long (5 mi) gondola lift which covers a huge vertical. There are two parallel chair ski lifts in Tochal that go up to 3,900 meters (12,795 ft) near Tochal's peak (at 4,000 m/13,125 ft), rising higher than the gondola's 7th Station. This altitude is higher than any of the European resorts.
From the Tochal peak, one has a spectacular view of the Alborz range, including the 5,610-metre-high (18,406 ft) Mount Damavand, a dormant volcano. At the bottom of the lifts in a valley behind the Tochal peak, there is the Tochal Hotel, located at 3,500 metres (11,483 ft) altitude, where a T lift takes skiers up the 3,800 metres (12,500 ft) of Shah-Neshin peak.
The first football club of Tehran was founded in 1920 and named the Iran Club, which was dissolved in 1923. Currently, the oldest football club of the city is Rah Ahan Crystal F.C.which was founded in 1937. The city has hosted the final of the 1968 AFC Asian Cup and the 1976 AFC Asian Cup. Persepolis and Esteghlal, which are the city's biggest clubs and two of the biggest clubs in Asia, compete in the Tehran derby.
Tehran is also the site of Iran's national football stadium on Azadi Complex, with 100,000 seating capacity. Azadi Football Stadium is one of the largest in the world, where many of the top matches of Iran's Premier League are held. In 2005, FIFA ordered Iran to limit spectators allowed into Azadi Stadium, because of a fatal crush and inadequate safety procedures. Other stadiums in Tehran include Dastgerdi, Takhti, and Shirudi stadiums.