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 good day, 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 keeping 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 time Olympics in Tokyo.
The Olympian’s announcement got here only a day after Iranian officers admitted to downing a Ukrainian passenger airplane, killing 176 folks minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s worldwide airport early Wednesday attributable to “human error,” considering it was a navy plane.
She accused the Iranian authorities of “lying” and “injustice” towards Iranian athletes, including all she desires is “Taekwondo, safety and a cheerful and wholesome life,” in keeping with AFP.
Alizadeh received a bronze medal in Taekwondo on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
She stated she wore the whole lot the federal government requested her to put on, referring to the pinnacle masking all Iranian feminine athletes should put on, and wrote she “repeated the whole lot 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 turning into a grandmaster at age 14.
In a Twitter message, U.S. State Division spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus hailed Alizadeh’s choice.
#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 until 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 at all times stay a “child of Iran.”