[caption id="attachment_2561" align="alignright" width="300"] Zenoorin was so happy to bring home a medal for Iranian women[/caption]
At the Rio Summer Olympics 2016, Iranians were in high spirits as an Iranian woman took an Olympic medal for the first time in history. Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin, eighteen, won a bronze medal for her taekwondo event.
Zenoorin was up against Nikita Glasnovic of Sweden and beat her 5-1. She was thrilled and said, "I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal." Proud at making history with her bronze win at the Olympics, she hopes that this will pave the way for future Iranian athletes.
Zenoorin was thankful to her coach and her parents who have supported her throughout her training and preparation for the Olympics. There are so few female Iranian athletes who have competed since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Iranian women were banned from sports stadiums from that time onwards.
[caption id="attachment_2562" align="alignleft" width="298"] The taekwondo event enabled Zenoorin to wear her headscarf for her sporting event.[/caption]
At the Rio Games during one of the men's volleyball matches, an Iranian spectator pulled out a banner which called for women to have access to all sporting events in Iran. Security initially suggested that she leave the stadium, but was subsequently permitted to remain for the duration of the match.
Iranian women at the Rio Games this year may only compete in events in which they can wear headscarves and took part in sports including taekwondo and archery. Let's hope that things will be looking up for them and perhaps at the next Olympics we may even take home the gold