Saturday, July 24, 2021


History-making female boxer from Iran cancels return home after arrest warrant issued

Paris: On Saturday, she was lauded as the first Iranian woman to ever compete in an official boxing ..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at April 17, 2019

Paris: On Saturday, she was lauded as the first Iranian woman to ever compete in an official boxing bout.

But now Sadaf Khadem is in exile, cancelling plans to return home after an arrest warrant was issued for her in Tehran, her representative said on Wednesday as Iranian authorities issued a denial.

Khadem had reportedly trained in hiding and then in France, where she qualified for her first bout. She beat a French boxer, Anne Chauvin, in the bout, which took place in western France on Saturday.

Sadaf Khadem (right) with her opponent, Anne Chauvin, and fight organiser, Mahyar Monshipour (centre).

Sadaf Khadem (right) with her opponent, Anne Chauvin, and fight organiser, Mahyar Monshipour (centre).Credit:Twitter

She was expected to return to Iran to a hero's welcome. But her representative, Clara Dallay, told Reuters that authorities had issued arrest warrants against her and fight organiser Mahyar Monshipour.

Advertisement

Monshipour, an Iranian-born former boxing world champion who is now a French citizen, set up the bout after Iran opened the door to allowing women to box.

Hossein Soori, the head of Iran's boxing federation, denied Khadem would be arrested, attributing the information to "media linked to Saudi Arabia".

"Mrs Khadem is not a member of [Irans] organised athletes for boxing, and from the boxing federations perspective all her activities are personal," he was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Sadaf Khadem was expected to receive a hero's welcome when she returned to Iran.

Sadaf Khadem was expected to receive a hero's welcome when she returned to Iran.

Iranian women's participation in sports Read More – Source

[contf] [contfnew]

Australian Breaking News Headlines

[contfnewc] [contfnewc]

Comments