Iran’s solely feminine Olympic medalist has reportedly defected, posting a goodbye letter to Iran on Saturday, calling out the federal government’s “hypocrisy” as she introduced she had completely left the nation.
“Ought to I begin with howdy, goodbye, or condolences?” Taekwondo athlete, Kimia Alizadeh, 21, posted on her Instagram in Farsi, Agence France-Presse reported.
Alizadeh didn’t disclose the place she was going, however Iran’s ISNA information company reported she had gone to the Netherlands, in accordance with AFP. The Iranian report quoted Alizadeh’s coach as saying the athlete was injured and didn’t present up for trials forward of the 2020 Summer season Olympics in Tokyo.
The Olympian’s announcement got here only a day after Iranian officers admitted to downing a Ukrainian passenger aircraft, killing 176 folks minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s worldwide airport early Wednesday attributable to “human error,” pondering it was a army plane.
She accused the Iranian authorities of “lying” and “injustice” towards Iranian athletes, including all she needs is “Taekwondo, safety and a contented and wholesome life,” in accordance with AFP.
Alizadeh gained a bronze medal in Taekwondo on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
She mentioned she wore every thing the federal government requested her to put on, referring to the top overlaying all Iranian feminine athletes should put on, and wrote she “repeated every thing they advised me to say…None of us matter to them.”
Iranian parliamentarian Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh decried “incompetent officers,” saying the nation had allowed “human capital to flee,” AFP reported.
He in contrast Alizadeh to Alireza Firouzja, an Iranian chess prodigy who now lives in France after changing into a grandmaster at age 14.
In a Twitter message, U.S. State Division spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus hailed Alizadeh’s determination.
#KimiaAlizadeh, Iran’s solely feminine Olympic medalist, has rejected the regime’s oppression of ladies,” Ortagus wrote. “She has defected for a lifetime of safety, happiness, and freedom. #Iran will proceed to lose extra robust ladies except it learns to empower and help them.”
ISNA reported Alizadeh plans to attempt to compete within the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo however would not signify Iran.
Alizadeh promised the Iranian folks she would all the time stay a “child of Iran.”