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The Day Mt. Everest was Conquered by Iranian Women

Last year on 30th of May 2005, Iranian female mountain climbers reached the "Roof of the World" for the first time.

Tehran, 30 May 2006 (CHN) -- Last year on 30th of May, a team from Iran's national mountaineering federation succeeded in climbing Mount Everest up to its highest altitude of 8848 meters and raised the flag of Iran on the highest peak in the world.

This was of course not the first time that the highest mountain in the world was conquered, but what has made this day special is the presence of two Iranian women in the team. No other Iranian or Muslim women had ever tackled Everest before. Although Iran's Mountaineering Federation had previously promoted female climbing teams on six and seven thousand meter peaks in the Himalayas, this was the first time ever that Iranian women reached the highest point of Mount Everest, something unprecedented in other Muslim nations.

"Last year, eight men and women from the mountaineering federation of our country headed for climbing Mt. Everest and after two months of continuous effort, at 10:45 local time of Katmando they succeeded in reaching the peak of the Mountain," said Sadegh Agha Jani, head of Iran's Mountaineering Federation.

Farkhondeh Sadegh, graphic designer, and Laleh Keshavarz, dentist, were the two Iranian ladies and the first Muslim women who conquered Mount Everest. This news was widely spread around the world.

The success of Iranian women in conquering Everest has raised the profile of women's sport in Iran. Last year Iran hosted the Women Games for Muslim and Asian Capitals in which some 600 women from 17 countries had taken part in events ranging from marksmanship to swimming

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