Rekabi announced as part of IFSC coaching program

EDITORIAL

7 December 2022

IFSC reports that Elnaz Rekabi, together with three other women are part of a programme aiming to increase the presence of female coaches at the Olympic Games.

"All four participants attended the first online session on November 30th that kickstarted the 21-month leadership programme alongside sportswomen from other Olympic sports. The next step on the blended-learning programme will be a five-day residential session in Great Britain in February 2023. A mixture of online sessions, leadership sessions, and sport-specific mentor sessions will then take place before the programme is brought to a close in July 2024."

In October, Rekabi participated in the Asian Championship without her hijab, which made headlines all over the world. This weekend, the news broke that Rekabi's house had been demolished. International news outlets have yet to independently confirm when the demolition took place.

The non-government affiliated news site, IranWire, who first alerted outlets to the demolition, has also reported that a source previously told them; "The National Olympic Committee and the minister of sports told Elnaz that, “her family’s land would be confiscated if she leaves the country, gives interviews to the media or starts sensitive activities on her social pages.” adding that the family’s property was worth $300,000.

Before heading to Seoul, Rekabi was required to hand over a $35,000 cheque and grant full power of attorney to Iran’s climbing federation to sell her family's property as a guarantee she would come back."


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