December 7, 2022

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Iranian runner Nazi Rekabi will be transferred to Evin Mondo prison

The Iranian embassy in Seoul said that Iranian runner Elnaz Rakabi, who participated in the Asian climbing competition in Seoul on Sunday without wearing a headscarf in solidarity with the protesters over the death of Mahsa Amini, left Seoul this morning for Tehran with her team.

BBC: ‘Iran’s sports track lost in a race without a headscarf’


The BBC contacted the Seoul Garden Hotel, where the Iranian team was staying, who were due to leave the hotel yesterday morning for Iran, although the team is expected to return to the country tomorrow.

Elnaz Ragabi, the Iranian runner who competed without a headscarf Sunday in the South Korean capital’s climbing competition, will be taken straight from Seoul to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. This was disclosed by IranWire, a website for Iranian opposition journalists. According to IranWire, Reza Zari, the head of Iran’s climbing federation, tricked the athlete into driving her from the Seoul hotel to the Iranian embassy after receiving orders from the head of Iran’s Olympic Committee, Mohammad Khosrapaviva. Khosravivafa, who acted on input from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

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