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Hijab is not a restriction to Iranian female athletes

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Zahra Nemati is an Iranian female Paralympic and Olympic archer, described by the Paralympics Committee as the most popular and successful female Paralympian to come from Iran.

She is now recognized as one of the most inspiring women in the world, winning the 2021 International Women’s Day Recognition award.

After making history at the London 2012 Paralympics, Zahra Nemati was raised to fame as the first woman in Iran's Olympics’ history to win a gold medal.

At home, she was also honored by Iran's High Council for Human Rights at a ceremony held for appreciating Iranian female athletes.

Zahra Nemati is not the only Iranian female athlete that has shone on the global stage; all of the participants in this gathering are among the big names in Iran's sports, who came here to talk about the challenges facing a female athlete with an Islamic dress code.

They say the world is beginning to accept athletes with hijab, thanks to the efforts made by female sports leaders in Iran.

The head of Iran's High Council for Human Rights praised Iranian female athletes for raising the flag of their country in the world of sports. He called them cultural ambassadors, who have changed the world's image of Iran.

Iranian women are currently active in 129 sports fields.

In the past decade, 15 female athletes participated in the Olympics, 30 others in the Paralympics, and 284 more in the Asian Games, garnering a total of 108 medals.

Iran's Olympics Committee says these figures show a steady increase in women's active role in sport.

It seems that the Islamic dress code cannot prevent these women from pursuing their athletic ambitions. They say nabbing world medals is not their only achievement, that they have also successfully made the world realize that it is not strange when you see a woman with hijab standing on top of the podium.

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