Male coach wears hijab to be at kabaddi venue. Because Iran

first_imgThe male coach of the Thailand women’s team wore a hijab to enter the playing arena with his team for the Asian Kabaddi Championship.The Asian Kabaddi Championship held in Gorgan, Iran ended two days ago with India lifting the title beating Pakistan in the final. However, the tournament in Iran did not finish without some drama. The Thai coach wore a hijab to pretend to be a woman so he could be present during his team’s matches. In photographs that made their way to social media, the Thailand coach can be seen wearing a hijab or a handkerchief covering his head.In Iran, men are not allowed to enter sports venues when women athletes are in action.In other news from #Iran: The coach for Thailand Womens Team had to wear (a sorta) Hijab, apparently to pretend he is a woman, in order to be allowed into the the arena & lead his team during the Asian Kabaddi Championship tournament in Gorgan. Hadi Nili (@HadiNili) November 29, 2017This is not the first time the hijab rule in Iran has troubled sports and sportspersons.Last year, top India hooter Heena Sidhu had pulled out of Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran due to their compulsory hijab rule for all women athletes.In an interview to India Today, Heena had said she was against “a woman made to do certain things while men are not.””I am against women made to do a certain thing while men are not. It’s more of a man-woman thing. It should be avoided in sport. You are afterall inviting sportspersons to compete in your land,” Heena had said.advertisementHeena felt that world sports bodies may take a stronger stand if more athletes protest.”Maybe something might come up. It could happen if athletes object. But that’s not why I decided. It’s their law and it’s a sovereign nation. If we are not happy we should not go. As a foreigner if you are not comfortable you should not go. It’s about taking a stand on something you don’t belive in,” Heena had shared.One year down the line, much hasn’t changed as is evident by what the Thailand coach had to do just to be with his team.last_img

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