Iranian athlete's family home demolished after competing without hijab
Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi competed without her hijab in October in South Korea as a tribute to Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old whose death triggered massive anti-govt protests in the country. The Iranian athlete has now reportedly paid a heavy price for the same. Elnaz Rekabi's family home was demolished, reported the pro-reform news outlet IranWire.
Video footage obtained by CNN from IranWire showed a demolished structure and medals on the ground. The man filming the video went on to describe what happened to the house. The video then showed Rekabi's brother, Davood, crying. Davood, according to IranWire, is a sport climber champion himself with ten gold medals to his name. It is not clear when the demolition took place. The news was not confirmed by state media.
Notably, earlier this year in October, pictures of Rekabi wearing a headband and her hair in a ponytail while competing at the Asian Sport Climbing Championships in South Korea went viral on the internet. Iranian athletes are required by the Ayatollah regime to wear a hijab even when competing outside of Iran.
Rekabi made a strong statement by competing without hijab at her event in Seoul. The athlete was hailed a hero upon her return to the country. "I am endlessly grateful for the support of you, all the people of Iran, the most decent people of the planet, athletes and non-athletes, and all your support in [the] international community," read an Instagram post by Rekabi.
However, in a later interview with state media IRNA, Rekabi insisted that she had only 'accidentally' competed without a hijab.