Following in the footsteps of US chess champion Nazi Paikidze, India's Heena Sidhu is dropping out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran.
According to the report, she has withdrawn because “of Iran’s insistence on female contestants adhering to the dress code according to which it is mandatory for female participants to wear the 'hijab'.”
She told Times of India, “Forcing tourists or foreign guests to wear 'hijab' is against the spirit of the game. Since I don't like it, I have withdrawn my name.”
“I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression”: US chess champion boycotts world championship in Iran
“You follow your religion and let me follow mine. I’ll not participate in this competition if you are going to force me to comply with your religious beliefs,” she added.
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