Elnaz Rekabi: Iranian athlete’s household dwelling demolished by officers, media outlet says


The household dwelling of Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi has been demolished, based on the pro-reform information outlet IranWire, after she rose to worldwide prominence this fall for competing along with her head uncovered.

Rekabi competed with out her hijab in South Korea in October, simply as anti-regime protests swept Iran following the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini whereas within the custody of the morality police for allegedly not carrying her hijab correctly.

Some Iranian demonstrators noticed Rekabi as a logo of the nationwide rebellion calling for larger freedoms for ladies. Nonetheless, human rights teams expressed fears for her security when she returned to Tehran.

Footage obtained by CNN from IranWire reveals a destroyed construction and medals on the bottom. The person filming the video clip describes what has occurred to the home. The video clip additionally reveals Rekabi’s brother, Davood, crying. Davood Rekabi is a sport climber champion himself with ten gold medals to his identify, based on IranWire.

The person filming the footage – whose id will not be recognized – says off digital camera, “This is the result of living in this country. A country’s champion with kilos of medals for this country. Worked hard to make this country proud. They pepper sprayed him and demolished a 39 sqm house and left. What can I say?”

It isn’t clear when the demolition befell.

CNN can’t independently verify if Rekabi’s household dwelling was destroyed by order of the federal government. Neither the authorities nor state-aligned media have commented on the state of affairs publicly.

Rekabi garnered support from members of the public when she returned to Tehran in October.

Footage of Rekabi carrying a headscarf along with her hair in a ponytail whereas competing in Seoul went viral on social media and made worldwide headlines. When she returned to Iran, movies posted to social media appeared to point out her being greeted by crowds chanting “Elnaz the Hero” at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Worldwide Airport.

The climber wrote later that week on her Instagram account, “I am endlessly grateful for the support of you, all the people of Iran, the most decent people of the planet, athletes and non-athletes, and all your support in [the] international community.”

Rekabi has steered – each on her Instagram account and in interviews with state media IRNA – that she had solely “accidentally” competed with out her hijab, which Iran mandates should be worn by ladies representing the nation overseas.

Nonetheless, it’s unclear whether or not Rekabi’s feedback had been made below duress.