Iran’s only female Olympic medallist- Kimia Alizadeh migrates to Netherlands, country in shock

January 11, 2020

TaekwondoKimia Alizadeh

  • Concern mounted on Thursday in Iran over the fate of the Islamic republic’s only woman to have won an Olympic medal, who is believed to want to settle in The Netherlands.
  • Kimia Alizadeh clinched a taekwondo bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, drawing praise from her compatriots including the country’s President Hassan Rouhani and even conservatives in the Islamic republic.
  • In keeping with Iran’s strict Muslim custom, Alizadeh, then 18, competed wearing a head scarf over her taekwondo uniform and protective gear. There were high hopes she would compete at the Tokyo Olympics later this year and bring home another medal, but it appears this is not to be.

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