Iran drops sports ban on women
Iran is to permit women to attend major sporting events, overturning a ban that had prevented them from entering stadiums when male spectators were present.
Abdolhamid Ahmadi, Iran's deputy minister for sports, said at the weekend that women and families would be allowed to attend all but the "masculine" sports - those in which athletes' kit leaves little to the imagination.
The announcement seemed timed to coincide with a breakthrough in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme, after a diplomatic marathon between Iran and six major powers ended in the beginnings of a deal on Thursday.
Women have been banned from attending men's sports matches since the 1979 revolution which brought hardline Islamic clerics to power. The ban was presented as a way of preserving piety. (© Daily Telegraph, London)