Elnaz Rekabi, 33, is an Iranian climber.
She dared to compete this weekend without a traditional headscarf.
While being hailed as a hero, she has gone missing.
She was recalled to Iran and nobody has seen her since.
While competing at the Asian Championships in Seoul on Sunday, Rekabi was hailed as a hero.
She was protesting the death of a 22-year-old for violating the hijab law.
Iranian officials confiscated Rekabi’s passport and phone and sent her back to Iran.
BBC Persia presenter Rana Rahimpour stated, “Family and friends could not reach her, and then we found out she was put on a flight by Iranian officials.
“There are concerns about her safety.”
Although there were reports that she had decided to compete without the hijab more than a month ago, a statement was posted on her social media account.
The post claimed that it was an unintentional mistake.
The post continued, “I am currently on my way back to Iran alongside the team based on the pre-scheduled timetable.”
That post, of course, could have been made by anyone.
Iran, as expected, has denied that the athlete is in any danger for her alleged protest.
Source: New York Post