Iran’s only female Olympic medalist defected to Europe, citing the country’s oppressive treatment of women in a goodbye Instagram post

Iran's Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin poses with her bronze medal on the podium after the womens taekwondo event in the -57kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 18, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro.

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has permanently left the country and defected to Europe, according to her own Instagram post that cites the country’s oppression of women as her primary reason.
Kimia Alizadeh won a bronze medal in the taekwondo 57 kg weight class at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and also won a silver medal at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships.
On Instagram, she wrote that she is “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran, who have been playing with me for years” and accused the Iranian government of exploiting her athletic success.

RadioFreeEurope reports that an Iranian state-run news outlet first reported on January 9 that Alizadeh had “emigrated to the Netherlands,” although the athlete did not specify where she is in her post.
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Iran’s only female Olympic medalist confirmed that she had permanently left the country, posting a lengthy Instagram that begins with “Should I start with hello, goodbye, or condolences?”

21-year-old Kimia Alizadeh cited the country’s oppression of women, including herself, as the main force driving her defection to Europe. Alizadeh earned a bronze medal in the taekwondo 57 kg weight class at the 2016 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal at the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships.

On January 9, Iran’s state-run news media reported that Alizadeh had defected to the Netherlands, where she plans to still try for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo with a different country’s team, according to RadioFreeEurope.

Alizadeh didn’t specify where she is or what her future athletic plans are in her Instagram post, although she did say that her only concerns right now are taekwondo, her security, and a healthy and happy life.

با سلام آغاز کنم، با خداحافظی یا تسلیت؟ سلام مردم مظلوم ایران، خداحافظ مردم نجیب ایران، تسلیت به شما مردم همیشه داغدار ایران. شما مرا چقدر می‌شناسید؟ فقط آنطور که در مسابقات، در تلویزیون، یا در حضور مقامات دیده‌اید. اجازه دهید حالا آزادانه، هویت سانسور شده‌ام را معرفی کنم. می‌گویند کیمیا پس از این چیزی نخواهد شد. خودم از این هم فراتر می‌روم و می‌گویم قبل از این هم چیزی نبوده‌ام: “من کیمیا علیزاده، نه تاریخسازم، نه قهرمانم، نه پرچمدار کاروان ایران» من یکی از میلیون‌ها زن سرکوب شده در ایرانم که سال‌هاست هر طور خواستند بازی‌ام دادند. هر کجا خواستند بردند. هر چه گفتند پوشیدم. هر جمله‌ای دستور دادند تکرار کردم. هر زمان صلاح دیدند، مصادره‌ام کردند. مدال‌هایم را پای حجاب اجباری گذاشتند و به مدیریت و درایت خودشان نسبت دادند. من برایشان مهم نبودم. هیچکداممان برایشان …read more

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