© Reuters. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez meets with Iranian chess participant Sara Khadem in Madrid, Spain, January 25, 2023. Moncloa Palace/ Borja Puig de la Bellacasa /Handout by way of REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT
MADRID (Reuters) – An Iranian chess participant who defected to Spain after she competed and not using a hijab and was warned to not return to her nation met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid on Wednesday.
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, 25, higher referred to as Sara Khadem, arrived in Spain in early January. She had taken half within the FIDE World Speedy and Blitz Chess Championships held in Kazakhstan’s Almaty in late December and not using a hijab – a headband obligatory beneath Iran’s strict Islamic gown codes.
“How a lot I’ve realized at this time from a girl who evokes me,” Sanchez posted on his Twitter account after internet hosting Khadem at his official residence, the Moncloa Palace.
“All my help to ladies athletes. Your instance contributes to a greater world,” he added.
In footage supplied by the prime minister’s workplace, Khadem is seen chatting with Sanchez on a sofa whereas sporting a black go well with and with out sporting a hijab. They later seem to have interaction in a sport of chess at a desk.
Demonstrations in opposition to Iran’s clerical management have swept the nation since mid-September when a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish girl, Mahsa Amini, died within the custody of the morality police, which had detained her for sporting “inappropriate apparel”.
Legal guidelines implementing obligatory hijab-wearing have turn out to be a flashpoint throughout the unrest, with a string of sportswomen competing abroad showing with out their headscarves in public.
In a current interview with newspaper El País, Khadem – who holds the title of Girl Grandmaster – mentioned she solely used to put on the headband at tournaments when there have been cameras as a result of she was representing Iran.
“With the hijab, I am not me, I do not really feel good, and so I needed to place an finish to that state of affairs,” she mentioned. “So I made a decision to not put on it anymore.”
Khadem is ranked 771st on the earth, based on the Worldwide Chess Federation’s web site, and ninth in Iran.