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Iran�s sole female Olympic medallist defects

By The Assam Tribune

NICOSIA, Jan 12: Iran�s only female Olympic medallist Kimia Alizadeh announced on Saturday she has permanently left her country, citing the �hypocrisy� of a system she claims humiliates athletes while using them for political ends.

�Should I start with hello, goodbye, or condolences?� she wrote on Instagram, as Iran reeled from Wednesday�s accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner that killed all 176 people onboard.

Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics, cited oppression by authorities in the Islamic republic.

Criticising Iran�s political system for �hypocrisy�, �lying�, �injustice� and �flattery�, she said she wanted nothing more than �taekwondo, security and a happy and healthy life�.

�I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran with whom they have been playing for years,� the 21-year-old wrote.

�I wore whatever they told me to wear,� she said, referring to the Islamic veil, which is compulsory for all women in public in Iran.

�I repeated everything they told me to say,� she wrote.

She continued: �None of us matter to them.� �No one invited me to Europe,� she wrote, without saying where she was.

On Thursday, news of Alizadeh�s disappearance shocked the country.

Iranian parliamentarian Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh had demanded answers, accusing �incompetent officials� of allowing Iran�s �human capital to flee� the country. � AFP

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Iran�s sole female Olympic medallist defects

NICOSIA, Jan 12: Iran�s only female Olympic medallist Kimia Alizadeh announced on Saturday she has permanently left her country, citing the �hypocrisy� of a system she claims humiliates athletes while using them for political ends.

�Should I start with hello, goodbye, or condolences?� she wrote on Instagram, as Iran reeled from Wednesday�s accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner that killed all 176 people onboard.

Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics, cited oppression by authorities in the Islamic republic.

Criticising Iran�s political system for �hypocrisy�, �lying�, �injustice� and �flattery�, she said she wanted nothing more than �taekwondo, security and a happy and healthy life�.

�I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran with whom they have been playing for years,� the 21-year-old wrote.

�I wore whatever they told me to wear,� she said, referring to the Islamic veil, which is compulsory for all women in public in Iran.

�I repeated everything they told me to say,� she wrote.

She continued: �None of us matter to them.� �No one invited me to Europe,� she wrote, without saying where she was.

On Thursday, news of Alizadeh�s disappearance shocked the country.

Iranian parliamentarian Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh had demanded answers, accusing �incompetent officials� of allowing Iran�s �human capital to flee� the country. � AFP

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