Shooter Heena Sidhu Pulls Out Of Iran’s Asian Championship; Was Being Forced To Wear Hijab

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4:21 pm 29 Oct, 2016

Indian shooter and Olympian Heena Sidhu on October 29 pulled out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran as they had made it mandatory to wear hijab for all women athletes taking part in the competition.


Shooter Heena Sidhu PTI

Shooter Heena Sidhu PTI

Sindhu, who made her decision public on Twitter, said that she had written to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) three weeks back about her decision.

The championship is scheduled to be held in Iran’s capital Tehran this year in December and to clear the air about her decision, she sent out multiple tweets on October 29.


Iran is infamous for forcing their culture and rules upon others, especially during competitions that are held in their country.

Also, this is not the first time that Sindhu has withdrawn from a championship help in Iran. Two years back she had reportedly withdrawn from another championship for the same reason.

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