Image copyright EPA Image caption Kimia Alizadeh won a landmark bronze medal in taekwondo in the 2016 Rio Olympics Iran’s only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, says she has defected.Alizadeh, 21, posted on social media that she had left Iran because she didn’t want to be part of “hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery”. She described…

Kimia Alizadeh of Iran celebrates with the national flag after winning the women's -57kg bronze medal bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Taekwondo event

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Kimia Alizadeh won a landmark bronze medal in taekwondo within the 2016 Rio Olympics

Iran’s handiest female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, says she has defected.

Alizadeh, 21, posted on social media that she had left Iran because she didn’t desire to be fragment of “hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery”.

She described herself as “one among the millions of oppressed women in Iran”.

Alizadeh did no longer say where she used to be, amid experiences that she has been coaching within the Netherlands. She made historic past for Iran in 2016 when she won a bronze medal in taekwondo on the Rio Olympics.

But in her social media posts she talked about authorities within the Islamic republic had primitive her success as a propaganda contrivance.

Her defection comes as Iran is gripped by protests – stemming from the accidental taking pictures down of a Ukrainian airliner on Wednesday, in heart of a critical warfare of words with the US.

Officers ‘humiliated me’

“I am one among the millions of oppressed women in Iran whom they’ve been taking half in for years,” she wrote.

“I wore whatever they instructed me and repeated whatever they ordered. Each sentence they ordered I repeated. None of us matter for them, we are right tools.”

She added that even supposing the authorities would exploit her carrying success politically, officers would humiliate her with comments corresponding to: “It is no longer any longer virtuous for a girl to stretch her legs.”

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Media captionA crowd gathered out of doors Tehran’s Amir Kabir college on Saturday, calling for resignations and accusing officers of mendacity about the taking pictures down of an airliner

Alizadeh denied she’d been invited to Europe or given a tempting provide and did no longer converse which nation she had long past to.

Iranians reacted with shock closing week when news of Alizadeh’s disappearance first emerged.

Iranian baby-kisser Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh accused “incompetent officers” of allowing Iran’s “human capital to fly”.

On Thursday, the semi-legit Isna news agency carried a document that talked about: “Shock for Iran’s taekwondo. Kimia Alizadeh has emigrated to the Netherlands.”

The agency reported that Alizadeh used to be hoping to compete on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but no longer under the Iranian flag.

Asserting her blueprint to leave Iran, the sportswoman did no longer show conceal her plans but talked about she would dwell “a baby of Iran” wherever she is.

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