Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi returns to Tehran after competing overseas without hijab

Posted on AllSides October 19th, 2022
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Iranian sport climber Elnaz Rekabi returned to Tehran early Wednesday after she garnered global attention for competing overseas without wearing a hijab, which is required of female athletes representing the Islamic Republic.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency filmed Rekabi's arrival and briefly interviewed her at Imam Khomeini International Airport, southwest of the capital. Other videos shared online purportedly showed large crowds gathered outside to welcome home the 33-year-old professional athlete, chanting her name and calling her a "hero."

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