Iran Holds First Ever Marathon – But Women Are Forced to Run in Stadium, in Hijabs
Iran held its first ever international marathon this week.
But the women were not allowed to participate.
They were forced to run in a stadium in hjabs.
And liberals cheer this.
— Bluehand News (@BluehandNews) April 8, 2017
Hundreds of runners took part in Tehran’s first-ever marathon on Friday, but many women were outraged to find they could only run a short distance in a closed-off stadium.
While men ran through Iran’s capital in the morning, women were allowed to run just 10 kilometres in Azadi stadium in the afternoon – with no male spectators or officials permitted.
Many were baffled by the move, since there are no rules against men and women running together in Iran – and joggers of both sexes are often seen in parks and public areas.
“I registered but I quit. I took back my 500,000 rials because we were deceived,” Nasim, an architect in her 30s, told AFP.
“When they separate us, it is like they are casting us aside. They are insulting us. Everywhere in the world, marathons are held on public streets – not in a closed space,” she said.