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IOC urged to ban Iran for discriminating towards ladies in sport

Girls exterior the Imam Reza (AS) Stadium in Mashhad, Iran on 30 March, 2022. Picture credit score: ISNA

A bunch together with former Franco-Iranian boxing world champion Mahyar Monshipour and Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has requested the Worldwide Olympic Committee to ban Iran from the Paris Olympics.

The letter, despatched to the IOC on the finish of July, mentioned that Iran violates the precept of non-discrimination in sport by failing to adjust to the Olympic Constitution, which states that “the practice of sport is a human right”, lawyer Frederic Thiriez advised a press convention.

Thiriez mentioned the constitution additionally specifies that there have to be “no discrimination of any kind, in particular on the grounds of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

Thiriez mentioned he was “working on a referral to the Court of Arbitration for Sport” and a petition.

The letter attracts a parallel with the exclusion of South Africa in 1970.

Thiriez mentioned that the IOC had replied “rest assured, we are closely monitoring the situation in Iran”.

The group would, on the very least, like Iranian athletes banned from subsequent 12 months’s Olympics in disciplines which are forbidden to ladies: wrestling, boxing, swimming, crusing, and so forth.

“We dream of practicing our sport normally”, former wrestler Shirin Shirzad, a refugee within the Netherlands, mentioned by videoconference.

In Iran, ladies practise “in flats or basements”, mentioned Monshipour.

Final month, two associations lodged a grievance in Paris towards Ghafoor Kargari, the Iranian president of the 2024 Nationwide Paralympic Committee, who was visiting France on the time, accusing him of torture and crimes towards humanity.

The dying, in September 2022, of the younger Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested by the morality police for failing to adjust to strict Islamic gown laws, sparked months of demonstrations, which had been put down in bloodshed and arrests.

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