After Sepp Blatter visited Iran last year, I proposed that the Iranian team use the design of our Persian Cheetah on their jerseys . Blatter brought the idea up in the FIFA council and the Iranian national team beame the first allowed to use a symbol of biodiversity on its shirt. The Persian Cheetah was designed by an NGO and nature loving artists in Tehran.
In addition, a ball was painted with the design of 31 other countries' endangerd species , named the Bio Ball.
I formally delivered the ball to the Captain last week , before their departure to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Our team was named "Persian Cheetah" after these events and the issue recieved much publicity.
Iran is taking part in the World Cup with a message of Peace and Protection of our global environment. We hope that all teams will join us in this campaign and spread the message.