A collective composed in particular of the former world boxing champion Mahyar Monshipour and the Nobel Prize of Peace Iranian Ebadi program wrote to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to request the exclusion of Iran from I of Paris 2024 for violation of the principle of non-discrimination in sport.
The letter sent to the IOC at the end of July requests the exclusion of Iran on the grounds that it does not respect the Olympic charter which affirms that “the practice of sport is a human right” and that there must be no “discrimination of any kind, in particular on grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or any other situation”, explained lawyer Frédéric Thiriez, who made the request one year before the Paris Olympics, during a press conference.
He added that he was “working on a referral to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS, which decides disputes in sport, editor’s note)”.
In this letter to the IOC, of which AFP had a copy, a parallel is highlighted with the exclusion of South Africa in 1970.
Exclude Iranian athletes in disciplines banned for women
Frédéric Thiriez indicated that the IOC had responded “rest assured, we are closely monitoring the situation in Iran”. The collective wants at least a ban on Iranian athletes at the next Olympics in disciplines that are prohibited for women: wrestling, boxing, swimming, beach volleyball, gymnastics.
Former wrestler and member of the wrestling federation, Shirin Shirzad, a refugee in the Netherlands, testified by videoconference: “we dream of practicing our sport normally,” she explained.
Clandestine practice for Iranian women
In Iran, women practice “in apartments or basements”, added the former French boxer of Iranian origin Mahyar Monshipour, alongside the lawyer Jeannette Bougrab, former Secretary of State for Youth between 2010 and 2012.
At the end of August, two associations brought complaint in Paris against Ghafoor KargariIranian president of the National Paralympic Committee 2024 while visiting France, whom they accuse of torture and suspect of crimes against humanity.
Just a year ago the death of the young Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini after his arrest by the moral police for non-compliance with strict Islamic clothing obligations led to months of demonstrations, repressed in blood and arrests.
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