Sporting Field Expands for Women

Inspirational figure, Egyptian weightlifter, Sara Ahmed at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Inspirational figure, Egyptian weightlifter, Sara Ahmed at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Women’s weightlifting first national cup and league will be launched in the next Iranian year (starts in March)

The sporting community in Iran has expanded the space for women by introducing two new fields.

On February 4-5, Iran Weightlifting Federation held the first ever round of competition for women to select the best for the national team which is taking shape for the first time in the country, Varzesh3 reported.

It was last March that the federation started training women weightlifters and it took less than one year for the federation to officially launch the games with  permission from the of Ministry of Sport.

Female weightlifters from across the provinces took part in the competition and those selected will take part in training camps to get ready for international tournaments. 

Ali Moradi, president of the federation, said an inspiration for Iran was Sara Ahmed’s bronze-medal for Egypt at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

“Sara Ahmed was the first Arab woman to win an Olympic medal, that was the big push for us,” said Moradi, who hopes to see Iranian women competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Reyhaneh Tariqat, head of women’s affairs in the weightlifting federation, said “women’s weightlifting league will be launched in the next Iranian year (starts in March). We are also planning for the first national cup”.

 Classic Wrestling

Last December, the wrestling federation took the first step by starting the classic wrestling category for women.

To back the move, the federation held the first edition of the national games from which the national team was formed.

A total of 103 wrestlers in six weight categories went on the mattress. Anna Vasilenko, the Ukrainian female wrestler, attended the games as the United World Wrestling official. Anni Maija Aalto from Finland, Pavlina Georgiou from Greece and Vesna Piperski from Serbia served as referees sent by the United World Wrestling.

The measure was not limited to Iran’s borders. Based on a proposal by Iran, the UWW confirmed the women classic style wrestling and released a set of rules for the games availing the future international games.

The rules also defined the exact details for holding matches and gave freedom to each country to choose the way of dressing based on their culture codes among the possible options derived from UWW studies on the hijab and dressing codes in Islamic countries.

Tehran will host the World Women Classic Style wrestling games July 12-13 based on the UWW calendar.

To help encourage Muslim women take part in international games, the major global sportswear producer Nike released the first official hijab set for the Muslim countries last September.

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