Iran’s Only Female Olympic Medalist Says She Has Defected

Kimia Alizadeh of Iran celebrates after winning a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She says she is defecting from Iran to escape oppression.

Kimia Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal for taekwondo at the 2016 summer Olympics, described her decision to leave Iran as difficult, but necessary.

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