An Iranian who grew to become the primary lady from her nation to contest an official boxing match says she has cancelled her return residence from France after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Sadaf Khadem beat the French boxer Anne Chauvin in an newbie bout on Saturday.
She had deliberate to fly to Tehran along with her French-Iranian coach this week.
Khadem was quoted by a sports activities newspaper as saying she believed she was accused of violating Iran’s obligatory costume code by boxing in a vest and shorts.
Iranian officers have up to now not confirmed the existence of a warrant.
Khadem fought in a inexperienced vest and purple shorts with a white waistband – the colors of Iran’s nationwide flag – in Saturday’s bout within the western French city of Royan.
The 24-year-old needed to struggle overseas as, regardless of having the blessing of Iranian sporting authorities, it proved too difficult to fulfil their requirement that the bout be refereed and judged by girls.
Khadem had been anticipating a hero’s welcome when she returned to Iran.
However whereas she travelled to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport along with her coach Mahyar Monshipour – an Iranian-born former World Boxing Affiliation champion who additionally serves as an adviser to the French sports activities minister – she mentioned they learnt that warrants had been issued for his or her arrest.
“I used to be combating in a legally authorised match, in France. However as I used to be carrying shorts and a T-shirt, which is totally regular within the eyes of your entire world, I confounded the foundations of my nation,” she instructed the L’Equipe newspaper.
“I wasn’t carrying a hijab, I used to be coached by a person – some individuals take a dim view of this.”
A spokesman for the Iranian embassy in Paris instructed Reuters information company that he couldn’t touch upon whether or not Khadem confronted arrest in Iran or on her resolution to not return to Iran.
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On Monday, Iran’s boxing federation mentioned it had not organised any bouts for ladies and was not accountable for particular person boxers. Nevertheless it harassed that sportswomen ought to adjust to Iran’s hijab legal guidelines.
Below Iranian legislation, girls and women as younger as 9 years outdated who’re seen in public and not using a scarf may be punished with a jail sentence of between 10 days and two months, or a money wonderful.
Iranian sportswomen are required to cowl their hair, neck, legs and arms when competing.
Till lately, Khadem wouldn’t have been permitted to participate in an official boxing match carrying a hijab or a full physique kind becoming uniform for non secular areas. However the Worldwide Boxing Affiliation (AIBA), newbie boxing’s governing physique, modified its uniform guidelines on the finish of February.