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Hijab heroine rock climber vanishes AGAIN after arriving back in Iran to cheering crowds

An Iranian rock climber who competed with out a hijab in South Korea has vanished once more after arriving back in Iran to cheering crowds.

It was speculated that Elnaz Rekabi, 33, competed with out a hijab in solidarity with Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody for not carrying a scarf.

Protests have swept Iran in the wake of Mahsa’s dying and proceed to, as folks categorical their outrage.

Rekabi went lacking after the Federation of Sport Climbing Asian Championships on Sunday in South Korea. 

Elnaz was promised that she might return to her household after she flew back from South Korea yesterday and was given a hero’s welcome by crowds supporting anti-hijab protests. 

But as an alternative, she met briefly along with her household however was then whisked away for interviews with authorities officers.

The interviews have been adopted by a meeting and photograph session with Hamid Sajjadi, Minister of Sports and Youth of the Islamic Republic.

In the pictures, Elnaz wears a black baseball cap and hoodie, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.   

Next to her in the photograph is her brother, Dawood Rekabi, who can also be a rock climber and is seen carrying a yellow t-shirt.  

Elnaz was reportedly pressured to give TV interviews whereas she was there which will likely be broadcast in the approaching days. 

It has been speculated that these interviews will likely be used to present that she is completely satisfied when in reality she just isn’t free and her security can’t be assured. 

She has not been seen in public since she arrived back in Iran yesterday and is lacking once more.

Fears are rising for Elnaz Rekabi, 33, pictured, who was pressured to express regret and say that her scarf had slipped

Although the president of Iran’s nationwide Olympic committee, Mr Khosravi Vafa, stated Elnaz Rekabi, 33, is not going to be punished for not carrying the scarf, her supporters stay anxious for her as a result of different athletes have been focused for supporting the present protests in Iran.

But the International Olympic Committee described Rekabi on Wednesday as having ‘returned to Iran safely and along with her household’.

Mr Vafa, nonetheless, described Rekabi as being ‘a visitor at Iran’s Olympic committee lodge for sooner or later, alongside along with her household’.

It was not clear if Rekabi had a selection over the keep.

Mr Khosravi Vafa stated Rekabi would return to her hometown on Thursday.

Instead, she met briefly with her family but was then whisked away for interviews with government officials. The interviews were followed by a meeting and photo session with Hamid Sajjadi, Minister of Sports and Youth of the Islamic Republic, pictured third from right

 Instead, she met briefly along with her household however was then whisked away for interviews with authorities officers. The interviews have been adopted by a meeting and photograph session with Hamid Sajjadi, Minister of Sports and Youth of the Islamic Republic, pictured third from proper 

And Mr Vafa stated that Rekabi is not going to be punished or suspended for competing in Korea with out a scarf. 

Mr Vafa stated there was no purpose to take disciplinary measures in opposition to Rekabi as a result of not carrying a scarf, or hijab, was an ‘unintentional’ act on her half.

An Instagram account related to Rekabi additionally described the choice as ‘unintentional’, a declare she repeated after reaching Tehran early on Wednesday.

She blamed being rushed to compete, although a video of her climb Sunday confirmed her relaxed and waving to the group.

Mr Vafa stated: ‘It’s a small situation. I’m stunned that it’s being talked about a lot.’

This comes regardless of protests over the necessary hijab reaching greater than 100 cities in Iran to date.

‘In our view it was not an enormous situation.’

Mr Vafa added that he mentioned Rekabi with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Seoul.

He stated he spoke personally to Rekabi as effectively.

‘I talked to her and informed her that you simply positively are very gifted in sports activities and it’s best to proceed down this path to perhaps qualify for the Paris Olympics and you will be absolutely supported by the Iranian Olympic committee,’ he added.

Elnaz was reportedly forced to give TV interviews while she was there which will be broadcast in the coming days. It has been speculated that these interviews will be used to show that she is happy when in fact she is not free and her safety cannot be guaranteed. Pictured: Elnaz after the championships

Elnaz was reportedly pressured to give TV interviews whereas she was there which will likely be broadcast in the approaching days. It has been speculated that these interviews will likely be used to present that she is completely satisfied when in reality she just isn’t free and her security can’t be assured. Pictured: Elnaz after the championships 

When requested whether or not he mentioned the difficulty with Iranian delegates, Robin Mitchell, a Fijian sports activities official who was elected the brand new president of the Association of National Olympic Committees on the meeting on Thursday, stated that they had not spoken.

He additionally indicated he was not conscious the Iranians have been on the conferences.

Mr Khosravi Vafa didn’t particularly tackle suspicions that Iranian authorities confiscated Rekabi’s passport after the occasion in Seoul and compelled her to go away early.

The second vanishing comes after she was welcomed at the airport by a cheering crowd who said 'thank you' and 'proud of you.' Her hero's welcome came even though she had given a stony-faced interview to state-controlled Iranian television in which she said she had made a 'mistake', pictured

The second vanishing comes after she was welcomed on the airport by a cheering crowd who stated ‘thanks’ and ‘pleased with you.’ Her hero’s welcome got here regardless that she had given a stony-faced interview to state-controlled Iranian tv in which she stated she had made a ‘mistake’, pictured 

Rekabi disappeared for the primary time after she appeared with out a hijab in the climbing contest in Seoul.

She was yesterday greeted on the airport by a cheering crowd who stated ‘thanks’ and ‘pleased with you’ however has not appeared in public once more since a meeting with sports activities chiefs in Iran.

The cheers from the crowds got here regardless that she had given a stony-faced interview to state-controlled Iranian tv in which she stated she had made a ‘mistake.’ 

BBC Persia’s Rana Rahimpour stated that the language used appeared prefer it had been written below duress. 

Rekabi on Wednesday additionally repeated a proof posted earlier to an Instagram account in her identify that described her not carrying a hijab as ‘unintentional.’

BBC Persia's Rana Rahimpour said that the language used looked like it had been written under duress

BBC Persia’s Rana Rahimpour stated that the language used appeared prefer it had been written below duress

Elnaz is reportedly the one second feminine athlete to compete with out a hijab and shun Iran’s strict coverage.   

In a press release on Twitter on Tuesday, the Iranian Embassy wrote: ‘Ms. Elnaz REKABI, departed from Seoul to Iran, early morning of October 18, 2022, together with the opposite members of the Team.

‘The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in South Korea strongly denies all of the pretend, false information and disinformation relating to Ms. Elnaz REKABI.’ 

Elnaz is reportedly the only second female athlete to compete without a hijab, pictured, and shun Iran's strict policy.

Elnaz is reportedly the one second feminine athlete to compete with out a hijab, pictured, and shun Iran’s strict coverage.

Other Iranian sportswomen who competed with out a scarf had additionally been below strain to apologise, it was revealed.

As a outcome, a few of them determined not to come back residence. 

Protests are persevering with to grip Iran after the dying of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody for not carrying a hijab. 

The protests in Iran are ongoing and, in accordance to the non-profit Iran Human Rights, at the least 201 folks, together with 28 youngsters, have been killed to date, in accordance to its newest figures launched on twelfth October.

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