Missing Update: Iranian female climber Elnaz Rekabi on way home after reports she had gone missing

  • As protests in Iran over the murder of a young woman in police custody continue, one athlete says not wearing a hijab was ‘unintentional.
  • ‘On Tuesday, a female Iranian climber apologized on social media for participating without the mandatory headscarf, while the sports organization stated she was returning to Iran with the team following concerns she had gone Missing.
  • Elnaz Rekabi, 33, stated that her hijab had been misplaced and that she was heading home.
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  • The message expressed regret for worrying the Iranian people.
  • Since the comment was made public, Rekabi has not been spotted.
  • Rekabi is in “good health,” a member of the Iranian Climbing Federation informed The National.
  • The unnamed member stated, “Elnaz is in a regular position and she is on her way back to Iran; she is now in Doha after taking a transit flight from Seoul earlier today, and she will arrive back home later tonight.”
  • News that Rekabi went missing is “wrong information from the media we can confirm that she is in good health,” they added.
  • He would not say whether Rekabi would suffer consequences for not returning home with a headscarf.
  • She was competing in an Asian tournament while protests staged by women against Iran’s clerical leadership over stringent Islamic dress codes for women were happening at home.
  • ‘On Tuesday, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) announced that they were keeping an eye on Rekabi’s situation.
  • “There is a lot of information in the public sphere regarding Elnaz Rekabi and as an organization, we have been trying to establish the facts,” the federation said.
  • “We have also been in contact with Rekabi and the Iranian Climbing Federation.”

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