This Iranian female motorbiker is everything you think she's not

This Iranian female motorbiker is everything you think she's not... 16/03/2017 Sports

Keywords:#Behnaz_Shafiei, #Iran, #Iranian, #Middle_East,, #Tehran

She recently nailed a 15-meter jump near Tehran.
2017-03-15 14:02
"Before it was illegal, but today there are around a dozen women that ride professionally".
Behnaz Shafiei says these words with pride, having spent years riding her motorbike in secret, often dressed as a man.
But after the government allowed women to train on private circuits around six months ago, Shafiei is no longer forced to do that nor are the other "dozen women that ride professionally" in Iran.
After the change in the law, Shafiei recently landed a 15-metre jump on a track near Tehran, Your Middle East reported.

Even though Shafiei's story ends somewhat positively (tracks are still segregated) many other sports remain restricted to women in Iran.
Just a month ago, 18-year-old chess grand master Dorsa Derakhshani was barred from competing as part of Iran's national chess team for not wearing a hijab.
Dorsa Derakhshani,Iranian #chess champion expelled from national team for not wearing the veil.#ForcedHijab
— Darya Safai (@SafaiDarya) February 20, 2017
With the current laws and restrictions that many women still face in Iran, sports remain off limits for a vast majority.
However, in defying restrictions, it is women, like Shafiei who are paving the way for others.
And by elbowing their way into what is largely seen as male-dominated sports such as motocross biking, they give Iranian women much needed hope.
---She recently nailed a 15-meter jump near Tehran. ---

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