Source: Iran Times
Time magazine says Iran's Sara Khoshjamal-Fekri is a must-see performer at the Olympics as the first woman ever to appear at the Olympics for Iran.
Only trouble is, she is not the first Iranian competitor; she's the fourth.
Time this week published a list of 100 must-see Olympic participants. They put Sara 22nd, way ahead of Kobe Bryant of basketball fame. He only ranked 33rd.
Sara will be competing in taekwondo, the Korean martial art.
Time said of her: "The 19-year-old complies with tradition by training in private at home and by competing in a headscarf. But she broke with custom when she became the first Iranian woman to qualify for the Games."
Actually, Iran has sent a number of women before to the Olympics: Lida Fariman was in the shooting competition in 1996; Manijeh Kazemi was a shooter in 2000; and Nassim Hassanpour was entered in the pistol competition in 2004.
At the 2008 Olympics, Sara will be one of three Iranian women competitors. The others are Najmeh Abtin in shooting and Homa Hossaini in rowing.
Sara says, "Being a woman never stopped me from pursuing taekwondo. I was interested in it since childhood when my brothers took it up. They later quit. My parents supported me,"
Sara says, "My appearance in the Olympics may encourage other women in Iran and around the world to seek a greater social role."
About Iran Times: The Iran Times is an independent newspaper with no affiliation with any political party or faction The Iran Times corporation was founded in Washington D.C. in 1970, in accordance with U.S. federal and local regulations: www.iran-times.com
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