Athlete who competed without a hijab will be jailed

A female Iranian athlete who did not wear a hijab during an international competition will be transferred directly from the airport to Evin prison, IranWire has revealed.

Elnaz Rekabi was without a hijab when she competed in the last Asian climbing competition in the South Korean capital Seoul on Sunday.

Reza Zarei, the head of Iran’s Climbing Federation, lured her into the building of the Iranian embassy in Seoul after receiving orders from Mohammad Khosravivafa, the chairman of Iran’s Olympic Committee, a source told IranWire.

Khosravivafa received orders from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). He took her to the embassy after promising Rekabi a safe trip to Iran.

“Elnaz made her decision about a month ago to go without a headscarf and knew she would compete without the mandatory headscarf,” a source told IranWire. “She also didn’t apply for asylum because her husband is in Iran, and she wanted to return after the game. She always makes such bold decisions.”

The team was supposed to go back to Iran, but suddenly they changed their plans,” the source added.

Reza Zarei, who was previously a member of the Ministry of Information, promised Elnaz that if she handed over her passport and mobile phone, he would take her to Iran quickly, without risk and without disclosing it.

IranWire sources at Imam Khomeini International Airport said Elnaz would be transferred directly from the airport to Evin Prison.

IranWire source said that if Elnaz Rokabi surrendered to the Islamic Republic embassy, ​​she would not be able to escape: “We know what the Islamic Republic embassies are doing. They will take her directly to the airport and return her to Iran .”

Elnaz’s early return prevents people from gathering outside the airport: “People think Elnaz will return with the team on Wednesday, but she was supposed to be returned to Iran the day before. We hope she can save herself at Seoul airport.”

Elnaz represented Iran. Hijab is also mandatory for Iranian women in sports competitions. For the past month, people in Iran have protested the hijab after the death of a young woman who was allegedly not wearing a hijab.

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, women in Iran have been required to wear a hijab. They must also abide by the mandatory rule outside Iran when officially representing the country abroad.

Rekabi reached the final round of the annual week-long Asian Championships, finishing fourth on Sunday.

A video of her climbing without a hijab went viral on social media.

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