“I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years.”Published by Ali on January 22, 2020
International Liberty Association: Iran’s sole female Olympic medalist says she’s defected CNN has published a report about a female Olympic medallist, who has left Iran permanently.
The following is part of the CNN news and a letter from Kimia Alizadeh, Iranianl Olympic medalist.
For the full text of the report you can use the following link: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/12/middleeast/iran-kimia-alizadeh-defects/index.html
“Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences,” the 21-year-old wrote in an Instagram post explaining why she was defecting. “I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years.”
Alizadeh became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal after claiming bronze in the 57kg category of Taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Affectionately known in Iran as “The Tsunami,” Alizadeh announced she was leaving her birth country amid searing criticism of the regime in Tehran.
“They took me wherever they wanted. I wore whatever they said. Every sentence they ordered me to say, I repeated. Whenever they saw fit, they exploited me,” she wrote, adding that credit for her success always went to those in charge.
“I wasn’t important to them. None of us mattered to them, we were tools,” Alizadeh added, explaining that while the regime celebrated her medals, it criticized the sport she had chosen: “The virtue of a woman is not to stretch her legs!”
Alizadeh confirmed the rumors Saturday, saying she “didn’t want to sit at the table of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery” and that she did not want to be complicit with the regime’s “corruption and lies.”
“My troubled spirit does not fit with your dirty economic ties and tight political lobbies. I wish for nothing else than for Taekwondo, safety and for a happy and healthy life, she said adding that she was not invited to go to Europe.
She said the decision was harder than winning Olympic gold. “I remain a daughter of Iran wherever I am,” she said.
“Iran will continue to lose more strong women unless it learns to empower and support them,” said US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus about Alizadeh’s defection.
International Liberty Association: Unfortunately, thousands of athletes were forced to leave their homes due to the medieval laws in Iran. Many were arrested for defending human rights and freedom and executed.