Iranian Boxer Cancels Return Home Over Fears of Arrest
She’s fighting for her future. Sadaf Khadem says she won’t come back from France — where she won a fight last weekend in an Iranian flag-themed outfit, but without a head covering — after hearing she and her trainer would be arrested. It’s unclear whether they actually face warrants, but Iranian sporting authorities expect women to wear a hijab, pants and long sleeves when competing.
What’s the bigger picture? Since more Iranian women are removing their hijabs in public to protest the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, authorities could be looking to make an example of the 24-year-old Khadem.