Defector from Iran to fight Iranian competitor in Tokyo Olympics

Defector from Iran to fight Iranian competitor in Tokyo Olympics
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An Iranian defector is set to fight an opponent in a taekwondo contest over the weekend.

Kimia Alizadeh, part of the Refugee Olympic team for the Tokyo Olympic Games, is slated to compete against Nahid Kiyani Chandeh, representing Iran at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Japanese time the 57kg qualification contest.

Alizadeh became Iran's first-ever female medalist, winning the bronze medal in the same category during the 2016 Rio Olympics at age 18. She was hailed a hero in Iran and given the affectionate moniker "the Tsunami."

The young athlete announced in an Instagram post in January 2020 she had defected.

"I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years," she wrote, "In your patriarchal and misogynistic minds, you always thought Kimia was a woman and had no language! My troubled soul does not fit into your polluted economic channels and narrow political lobbies. I have no other request from the world except Taekwondo, security and a happy and healthy life ... I did not want to climb the ladder of progress based on corruption and lies ... I endure the hardships of homelessness because I did not want to sit at the table of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery."

Alizadeh is now living in Germany with her husband, according to her biography on the Olympics website.

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Tags: Iran, Olympics, 2020 Olympics, U.S. Olympic Committee, Refugees

Original Author: Brady Knox

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