Ira­nian women weightlifters al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in the sport

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Head of Iran Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion Ali Mo­radi said that the Ira­nian women weightlifters can com­pete in the sport.

Gen­der equal­ity in sports has al­ways been a con­tro­ver­sial topic.

In July 2011, In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IWF) mod­i­fied its com­pet­ing rules to al­low tight­fit­ting, body-length uni­tards for the first time.

“Weightlift­ing is an Olympic sport open for all ath­letes to par­tic­i­pate with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of race, color, re­li­gion, sex, age, or na­tional ori­gin in ac­cor­dance with the prin­ci­ples of the Olympic Char­ter and val­ues,” said IWF Pres­i­dent Ta­mas Ajan at that time. “This rule mod­i­fi­ca­tion has been con­sid­ered in the spirit of fair­ness, equal­ity and in­clu­sion.”

Now, Mo­radi says the Ira­nian fed­er­a­tion is ready to sup­port the Ira­nian fe­male weightlifters in the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“In the Asian In­door and Mar­tial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Turk­menistan the Mus­lim women par­tic­i­pated in the weightlift­ing com­pe­ti­tion. I think the women have no prob­lem to par­tic­i­pate in weightlift­ing wear­ing the hi­jab,” Mo­radi said.

“IOC has a spe­cial com­mit­tee which mon­i­tors gen­der equal­ity. This is a good op­por­tu­nity for our coun­try be­cause the Ira­nian women have the po­ten­tial to win medals,” he added.

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