Tehran was the first city in the Middle East to host the Asian Games. The 7th Asian Summer Games in 1974 were held with the participation of 2,363 athletes and officials from 25 countries.
Tehran is also the site of the Iranian national football stadium on the Azadi sports complex with 100,000 seats. The Azadi Football Stadium is one of the largest in West Asia and one of the largest in the world. Many of the top games of the Iranian Premier League take place here. In 2005, FIFA ordered Iran to restrict spectators to the Azadi Stadium because of serious and inadequate security procedures. Other stadiums in Tehran include Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Takhti Stadium and Shahid Shirudi Stadium, among others.
The Dizin ski resort is located north of Tehran in the Alborz Mountains. The ski resort of Tochal is the world's fifth-highest ski resort at over 7,730 meters (12,240 ft) at the top 7th station. The resort was completed in 1976 just before the fall of the Shah.
Here one must first drive the eight-kilometer gondola lift, which covers a huge vertical and is probably the longest line in the world. The 7th station has three slopes. The longest slope of the resort is the south side U-shaped slope that leads from the 7th station to the 5th station. The other two runs are on the north side of the 7th station. Here, there are two parallel chair lifts, which rise up to 3,900 meters (12,795 ft) near Tochals summit (at 4,000 m / 13,125 ft), higher than the gondola 7th station. This altitude is higher than in the European resorts.
From Tochal Peak, you have a spectacular view of the Alborz range, including the 5.610 meter high Damavand Mountain, a dormant volcano.
At the bottom of the ascents in a valley behind the Tochal peak lies the Tochal Hotel, which is located at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483 feet). From there, a T-lift skier takes the 3,800 meters (12,500 ft) of the Shahneshin summit, which is the third slope of Tochal.
Tochal 7th station has skiing eight months of the year. But there are also some glaciers and year-round snowfields near Teheran, where skiing began in 1938, thanks to the efforts of two German railway engineers. Today are 12 ski resorts in Iran, but the most famous are Tochal, Dizin and Shemshak, all within one to three hours of Tehran.
Tehran will host the Islamic Games 2015 after 5 years of cancellation.