- Iran's only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, has left Iran and accused the authorities of using her success as a propaganda tool
- The 21-year-old athlete says she does not want to be part of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery
- The medallist says she is one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran that the authorities have been playing for years
- Alizadeh says officials had humiliated her by saying it is not virtuous for a woman to stretch her legs
Iran's only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, has announced that she has left Iran because she does not want to be part of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery.
BBC reports that the 21-year-old athlete, who described herself as one of millions of oppressed women, made the shock announcement via social media.
Alizadeh made Iran proud in 2016 when she won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Rio Olympics.
Alizadeh said authorities in Iran had used her success as a propaganda tool, adding that officials were humiliating her with comments such as: "It is not virtuous for a woman to stretch her legs."
She said: "I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran whom they've been playing for years.
"I wore whatever they told me and repeated whatever they ordered. Every sentence they ordered I repeated. None of us matter for them, we are just tools."
Meanwhile, American tennis superstar, Serena Williams, broke a three-year deadlock and won her first major trophy since becoming a mother on Saturday night, 12 January, with a resounding victory over Jessica Pegula in New Zealand.
The 38-year-old mother of one proved critics wrong after winning the Auckland Open in historical style, beating her fellow American 6-3, 6-4.
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