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 in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Iran’s simplest feminine Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, says she has defected.

Alizadeh, 21, posted on social media that she had left Iran ensuing from she didn’t would undoubtedly like to be phase of “hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery”.

She described herself as “one in all the millions of oppressed ladies in Iran”.

Alizadeh didn’t advise the save she became, amid experiences that she has been practicing in 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 stated authorities in the Islamic republic had extinct her success as a propaganda machine.

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

Officers ‘humiliated me’

“I am one in all the millions of oppressed ladies in Iran whom they non-public got been playing for years,” she wrote.

“I wore regardless of they instructed me and repeated regardless of they ordered. Every sentence they ordered I repeated. None of us subject for them, we’re kindly instruments.”

She added that even though the government would exploit her carrying success politically, officers would humiliate her with comments equivalent to: “It just isn’t virtuous for a girl to stretch her legs.”

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Media captionA crowd gathered outside Tehran’s Amir Kabir university on Saturday, calling for resignations and accusing officers of lying about the taking pictures down of an airliner

Alizadeh denied she’d been invited to Europe or given a tempting provide and didn’t verify which country she had long gone to.

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

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

On Thursday, the semi-official Isna data company carried a document that stated: “Shock for Iran’s taekwondo. Kimia Alizadeh has emigrated to the Netherlands.”

The company reported that Alizadeh became hoping to compete on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics nonetheless now not under the Iranian flag.

Asserting her design to transfer away Iran, the sportswoman didn’t mention her plans nonetheless stated she would remain “a shrimp one in all Iran” wherever she is.

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