2/3/2021–|Last updated: 2/3/202111:25 PM (Makkah)
Iranian taekwondo player Kimya Alizadeh, the only Olympic medal winner in the history of Iranian women’s sports, has obtained refugee status in Germany and is targeting to compete in the Tokyo Games this summer as part of the refugee team.
Kimia, who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics, fled to Germany last year after receiving several offers to compete on behalf of the Netherlands, Canada, Belgium and Bulgaria.
Kimia said she fled her country after she was tired of the authorities using her as a propaganda tool.
“Taekwondo changed my life. When I won a medal, I was the first to achieve this in the history of Iran, and after that the world knew me … It was a difficult journey,” she told Reuters.
The 22-year-old, who now lives in Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, is training with her husband and can compete for a ticket to the Olympics at a European qualifying tournament in Sofia in May.
Kimia intends to join the refugee Olympic team, which will be selected next June from a group of 55 athletes in 12 sports.
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