Although the Iranian government has permitted some women's teams to participate in international competitions, it greatly restricts their participation in domestic games. This raises a few questions about the intentions of Iranian sporting officials: If it is "Islamic enough" for women to play in front of global audiences, then why they can't play in Iran?
Solmaz Sharif is founder of the first Iranian women's sports magazine, Shirzanan. For more than 12 years, she has worked as a journalist for Persian media outlets such as BBC Persian and the Etemad Melli Newspaper. She is now program and social media manager at Advancing Human Rights.
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