News The only female Olympic medalist in Iran

The only female Olympic medalist in Iran


AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Eindhoven's only female Olympic medalist is training in the Dutch city after leaving her home country a few weeks ago, the national broadcaster NOS reported on Monday.

Taekwondo's champion Kimia Alizadeh, who won bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics, said on social media she left because many local authorities were involved as a promotional tool.

Taekwondo trainer in the Netherlands, Mimoun El Boujjoufi, told the NCO that Alizadeh had come to her a month ago.

Wearing a white shirt with Alizadeh Kimia: PHOTO FILE: Taekwondo - Women's -57kg Quarterfinals

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PHOTO FILE: Taekwondo – Women's Quarters -57kg

"She was on holiday in Europe, but she decided on her partner not to return to Iran," as el Boujjoufi ​​said. "Of course you are welcome here. We know her qualities. It's a great thing with Taekwondo in the Netherlands."

In Instagram post over the weekend, Alizadeh was understandable that she moved to Europe, but she did not provide any details.

"No one invited me to Europe and I have not received a pleasant offer. But I accept the pain and hardship caused by illness because I did not want to be part of a danger, illness, injustice and stewards." she said.

"I am one of the millions of women banned in Iran who have been playing with them for years … I spent whatever they told me and they did nothing to order them t repeated. "

It was unclear whether the Netherlands had been contacted in relation to an asylum application. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to comment.

Alizadeh said that the Islamic republics were successful in their management and spent the Islamic veil, which is mandatory in Iran.

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(Reported by Toby Sterling; Writing by Anthony Deutsch, Edited by William Maclean)


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