Elnaz Rekabi: Family home of Iranian climber demolished

The family villa of Elnaz Rekabi – an Iranian climber who competed abroad with her hair uncovered – has reportedly been demolished.

Ms Rekabi, 33, broke Iran’s mandatory dress code at the contest in South Korea – but later said her headscarf had fallen off “inadvertently”.

The BBC was told her apology was forced.

Opposition to the headscarf has fuelled protests that have swept Iran, with the climber being hailed as a hero.

A video showing the ruins of a house with sports medals on the ground started circulating this week.

Davood – Elnaz Rekabi’s brother and also a top athlete – is seen crying in the video.

Anti-government activists denounced it as an act of revenge against Ms Rekabi – although it is not clear when the footage was shot.

Now, the semi-official Tasnim news agency has confirmed that the house has been demolished, but says this was due to the family not having a valid permit for its construction.

It said all this took place before Ms Rekabi competed without a…

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