Iranian sports authorities have banned a female billiards champion from competition, accusing her of un-Islamic conduct.
Akram Mohammadi Amini, the first Iranian female billiards player to win an international medal, has been banned from competition for two years for allegedly violating Islamic dress code and smoking during a recent tournament. The decision was issued by the Islamic Republic's Billiards, Bowling, and Boxing Federation, which has also barred Amini from entering sports arenas for two years. The federation says Ms. Amini has the right to appeal the decision.
Reacting to the ruling, Amini tweeted sarcastically, “Nothing surprises me anymore. Here [in Iran] the truth is abundant along with justice.”
The 9-ball pool medalist went on to criticize the hearing process.
"When they did not allow my attorney to attend the hearings, I protested, insisting the proceedings have no legal basis if I’m not allowed a lawyer. They told me I can leave if I don’t recognize the legality of the hearings. I asked for the evidence of my wrongdoing; they just said there was a report of misconduct and I am duty bound to respond to the charges.”
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