Tehran4 days ago
Iranian athlete Elnaz Rekabic returned to Iran on Wednesday. People welcomed at Tehran airport. There were reports of her disappearance after taking part in the rock climbing championship without a hijab.
Elnaaz went to South Korea to participate in the Asian Rock Climbing Championships from October 10 to 16. He was not wearing a hijab while rock climbing. His entire team returned to Iran on 17 October, but Elnaz did not return.
Thousands of people appeared outside Tehran airport. All these athletes had arrived to welcome Elnaz Rekabic.
People called Elnaaz a hero
A large number of people arrived at the airport to welcome Elnaaz. Many people are calling him a hero for taking part in the championship without hijab. People also raised slogans of ‘Elnaaz is a heroine’. However, Elnaaz had apologized for doing so on his Instagram handle.
Viral welcome video on social media
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejadi has shared a video of the athlete welcoming Elnaz. It can be seen that thousands of people are cheering Elnaaz. Applause and calling him a hero.
Masih Alinejadi wrote – Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei once said that a hijab should be more important for Iranian women athletes than a medal. Now see how people welcomed Elnaaz.
Elnaz said – Hijab had fallen inadvertently
Elnaaz finished fourth in the championship. Her decision not to wear the hijab in the final round was seen as a protest against the Iranian government. Before the news of the disappearance surfaced, she had said on social media – not wearing a hijab during the game was just a coincidence. The hijab had fallen off inadvertently. There was no motive or agenda behind it.
However, people say that Elnaaz has apologized under pressure.
The Korea Alpine Federation, the organizer of the championship, said that except for the final match, Elnaz was wearing a hijab in all the other matches.
Anti-hijab protests continue in Iran
Protests, which began after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody on September 16, have reached more than nine provinces in Iran. The government is making every effort to suppress the protest.
Writers, journalists, social media influencers and celebrities are being arrested. According to an estimate, more than 210 people have been killed in the violence so far.