Friday 30 September 2016

Iran drops sports ban on women

Louise Loveluck

Published 06/04/2015 | 02:30

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
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

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.

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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)

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