Iranian Athlete Elnaz Missing: Participated in Rock Climbing Championship without Hijab
Iranian Athlete Elnaz Missing: Participated in Rock Climbing Championship without Hijab; suspected of being in jail
Iranian athlete Elnaz Rekabic has been missing since Tuesday. She went to take part in the Asian Rock Climbing Championship held in South Korea from October 10 to 16. Elnaaz, 33, participated in the final of the championship without wearing a hijab.
According to media reports, Elnaz flew to Iran on Tuesday. Since then there is no contact with him. It is claimed that his phone and passport have been confiscated by Iran Police and he has been put in jail.
Elnaaz finished fourth in the championship. Her decision not to wear the hijab in the final round was seen as a protest against the Iranian government.
However, before she went missing on Tuesday morning, she had said on social media – not wearing a hijab during the game was just a coincidence. There was no motive or agenda behind it. He also apologized to the people of Iran for not wearing the hijab.
According to local media, Elnaz's flight was on October 19, but under pressure, he was called to Iran only on Tuesday. According to the news portal Iran Wire, Elnaz has been jailed by Iran's Morality Police.
Tehran has called the media reports fake. Iran's Embassy in South Korea tweeted from its official page saying – Miss Elnaz Rekabic left for Iran on Tuesday morning with other teammates. South Korea's Justice Ministry declined to confirm whether Elnaz had arrived in Iran or is currently in Korea.
The Korea Alpine Federation, the organizer of the championship, said that except for the final match, Elnaz was wearing a hijab in all the other matches. Elnaz was part of an 11-member Iran team comprising eight athletes, and three coaches, which had come to Korea to participate in the competition.
The federation said - whether a woman wears a hijab during the game or not is her choice, no one can be forced to do it.
Protests, which started after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody on September 17, have reached more than nine provinces of Iran. The government is making every effort to suppress the protest.
Writers, journalists, social media influencers and celebrities are being arrested. According to an estimate, more than 150 people have been killed in the violence so far.
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