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I remain a daughter of Iran wherever I am – Country’s only female Olympic medalist says as she defects to Europe

Kimia Alizadeh

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I remain a daughter of Iran wherever I am – Country’s only female Olympic medalist says as she defects to Europe

Amid the on-going international pressure and anti-governmental protests in cities across Iran after the country admitted it had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian flight, killing all 176 people aboard, Iran’s only female Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh has announced that she has permanently left her country for Europe.

The twenty-one-year-old Olympic medallist is the first and only Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal after claiming taekwondo bronze in the -57kg category during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

According to Alizadeh, known in Iran as “The Tsunami”, her decision to leave Iran was a very hard one, but she felt ‘used’ by the Iranian government, who have been playing with her and millions of Iranian women ‘for years.’

“Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences. I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years. They took me wherever they wanted. I wore whatever they said. Every sentence they ordered me to say, I repeated. Whenever they saw fit, they exploited me, she wrote, adding that credit always went to those in charge. “I wasn’t important to them. None of us mattered to them, we were tools, The virtue of a woman is not to stretch her legs!” Alizadeh wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday explaining why she was defecting.

Alizadeh said she “didn’t want to sit at the table of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery” and that she did not want to be complicit with the regime’s “corruption and lies.”

“My troubled spirit does not fit with your dirty economic ties and tight political lobbies. I wish for nothing else than for Taekwondo, safety and for a happy and healthy life,” she said adding that she was not invited to go to Europe.

According to her, the decision was harder than winning Olympic gold.

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“I remain a daughter of Iran wherever I am.

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