Iranian rock climber arrives back in Tehran after competing without hijab
A team of Iranian climbers on Wednesday arrived back in Tehran after competing without hijabs, after the Islamic Republic’s highest religious authority rejected demands for them to be forced to display them at a world ranking event. The climbing team, from Tehran, were competing in the men’s elite event at the International Federation of Juegos de Iran ranking finals. But the Islamic republic’s culture minister said the team had been barred from taking part in the contest “due to their lack of wearing hijab.” In addition, the women took part in a separate contest organized in Tehran and won two gold medals.
The IJG ranking finals were held on July 20. The Iranian team was awarded the second place after the team from Pakistan and the first place for the women’s team. The men’s team topped the women’s team in the first place, while the second place went to the men’s team from Pakistan. The head of Iran’s women’s team told IRNA that the team were allowed to compete.
“We have also not been prevented from doing anything in the competition,” the team’s head said.
The IJG was also in Iran to hold the qualifying event for the event in September.
The Iranian women’s team was not the only team to take part in a separate competition in Tehran in July. The women’s team from Iran were competing in another contest that ended with them being crowned the champions in the men’s team category.
The bronze medals won back by the women’s team were the same as those that the men’s team took home.
The Iranian woman’s team, who had come to Tehran to compete in the event, said they were disappointed with the result, as they had won the event for the second year in a row.
“Although we were happy to win the men’s team event for the second time, yet we are concerned over the result