To compete at the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii this month, Shirin Gerami went through the arduous training regimes followed by the other competitors.
But she faced an additional challenge. The first woman to represent Iran in one of the world’s toughest endurance tests would have to wear an outfit that met the Islamic Republic’s dress code while abiding by race guidelines and not slowing her down too much.
It was well worth the effort, she said in an interview five days after crossing the finishing line on Oct. 8. Representing Britain, where Gerami has lived for 12 years, “would not affect or change anything,” she said. Competing for Iran, though, might “open the door to women within Iran or in similar cultures to participate” in a broader range of sports internationally, she said."
Read article by Ladane Nasseri from Bloomberg.