Iranian weightlifter Yakta Jamali, just 17, who disappeared in the middle of the night during the last day of the World Youth Championship in Crete after winning the silver medal in the push-off style and finishing in fourth place, decided to seek asylum in Germany, her family learned this morning (Sunday).
Over the weekend, the Iranian delegation still turned to the police and with the help of the Greek Federation and the organizers, began searching for it, but after it was not found, returned to Iran without it.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that Iranian athletes leave their national teams during international championships and seek asylum in other countries.
#Breaking 17 years old Iranian medal Winner in weight lifting Yekta Jamali asks for asylum in Germany.
- mina bai (@bai_mina) May 13, 2022
About 30 Iranian athletes have defected from the Iranian national team in recent years and sought refuge in other countries, including judo champion Said Moulay, Greco-Romanian wrestler Ali Arslan and many others, all due to demands not to compete with Israelis, low salaries and women's demands Wearing a hijab.
If that's not enough, on Saturday announced Persia Jahanfkrian, the first Iranian weightlifter to achieve the criteria for the Olympics, but did not end up in Tokyo due to injury because she is leaving the national team and is also expected to make her way to Germany.
Just two days after the news that Yekta Jamali, the star of the Iranian weightlifting team has requested asylum, today Parisa Jahanfekrian, Iran's first female weightlifter to qualify for the Olympic Games 2020, also has sought asylum in Germany.
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- Sardar Pashaei (@sardar_pashaei) May 14, 2022
Jahanfkrian wrote in a statement on her Instagram account: "I rise from the humiliations and restrictions of Iran. I represent a generation that did not believe in oblivion, that does not accept humiliation and restriction."
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