Women’s boxing in Iran’s Khuzestan province has been banned, the head of the province’s boxing board said on Sunday.
“In light of a recent letter from the boxing federation, any activity in the women’s section of the discipline, including coaching, training, education, and theory classes, is prohibited,” Hamid Zanganehmanesh told the semi-official ISNA news agency.
Zanganehmanesh did not say why the boxing federation has decided to ban women’s boxing in Khuzestan.
“No male trainer in the province has the right to teach boxing to women, and if they do, they will bear the consequences of their action and they will be dealt with,” he said.
Women’s boxing in Khuzestan will be unbanned once the boxing federation issues a permit, Zanganehmanesh said.
Iran is accused of discriminating against Iranian athletes based on gender and limiting women’s participation in sporting activities.
Women in Iran are not allowed to enter football stadiums to watch games.
In 2016, the country’s top authority Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa (religious edict) banning women from cycling in public.