TEHRAN, June 12, 2014 - Human being are accustomed to living with dreams. The majority of our dreams will stay dreams until the end, while some of them do end up becoming reality.
When I was seven years old a dream formed in my mind. There was a summer night and my family was watching the 1994 FIFA World Cup final match, between Brazil and Italy.
That was the first time I became excited about watching football, after that night I made a wish for myself... to one day be in a FIFA World Cup. I did not know why, when or doing what. I just dreamt it in my heart and mind.
For a seven-year-old Iranian girl it is not easy way to grow up. There were so many dreams in my mind, but the World Cup was the biggest of all.
After 1994 FIFA World Cup, I kept on watching matches on tv and thinking about my childhood dream.
I am still that little girl. Years passed by quickly, and now, twenty years after that final, Brazil-Italy in 1994, I am going to Brazil for the FIFA 2014 World Cup.
Nobody can imagine what it is that I feel now in my mind and heart. Taking part in a World Cup is still dream for a lot of journalists and I know it is a great opportunity for a female journalist from Iran.
Brazil is an unmatched chance for me, and I want to grow as journalist doing my best day by day. This is the path I have chosen, the path I feel is my way.
Last year I had the honour participating in the AIPS Young Reporters Program during the Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne. I am the first and only AIPS Irainian Young Reporter. Being there still seems unreal, visiting IOC Headquarters, FIBA House, eating lunch in UEFA or watch the IAAF Diamond League at the Olympic Stadium in Lausanne.
The AIPS President and mentors taught me many important things and I tried to understand from the beginning when Mr. Gianni Merlo said to the Young Reporters, “Take your brain out of freezer”. He used to say it over and over to us.
After Lausanne, I focused on my job more than in past, understanding that I wanted to be an international journalist and have new experiences as an AIPS Young Reporter. I wanted to show the strength of Iranian female journalists to our international colleagues. It was not easy, but I started focusing on things more seriously and I’m proud to say I am an AIPS Young Reporter.
I will be taking part in the imminent World Cup through the “Discover Football Campaign” in Brazil. They wanted 10 girls coming from 29 countries in the world and I am glad to be selected as one of these top ten ladies. For me it is another opportunity show my self as an Iranian girl journalist and Iranian AIPS Young Reporter covering an event so big and so important to every one of us.
Being in Brazil won’t be a holiday for me. It will be a great adventure, but I can feel the responsibility of going there. At the real FIFA World Cup. Many unpredictable experiences are waiting for me and I should open my eyes to the whole world.