Iranian Regime Forces International Male Athletic Coach to Wear Hijab at Match

The Asian Kabaddi Championship was held in Iran this year.

Iranian officials forced the male coach for the Thai team to wear a hijab for his women’s match.

Al-Arabiya reported:

Iranian authorities forced the male coach of the Thai female kabaddi team to wear hijab in order to be able to accompany his team into the women’s arena, during the Asian Kabaddi Championship , according to media reports.

Radio Farda said that the decision was taken because in Iran men are not allowed to enter sports arenas used by women.

Somprach Phonchoo, the Thai coach, in an interview with Radio Farda confirmed that he was requested to put on the headscarf if he was to be granted entry.

Mohammad Reza Maghasoudlou, the head of Iran’s Kabaddi federation, on his part came up with a funny explanation. He told ISNA News Agency, “A photographer had given the scarf to the Thai man so he could enter the arena and take pictures.”

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