Iranian federation head sacked over female runner without hijab

Iran’s Sports Minister Kioumars Hashemi on Tuesday relieved the president of the sports federation for the hearing-impaired athletes Mehran Tisheh-garan of his duties after a female runner took part in an even without observing the Islamic hijab, mandated by the country’s Constitution.

The controversy arose after the pictures of the foreign female runner in the women-only event during the Asian Championships in the Iranian capital Tehran went viral.

No explanation has been provided on the reason behind the female runner’s failure to observe the Islamic dress code.

In a decree, Hashemi appointed Alireza Khosravi as the caretaker of the federation.

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