Sadaf Khadem: Iranian female boxer halts return over arrest fears

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Sadaf Khadem: Iranian female boxer halts return over arrest fears
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An Iranian who became the first woman from her country to contest an official boxing match says she has cancelled her return home from France after a warrant was issued for her arrest.\

Sadaf Khadem beat the French boxer Anne Chauvin in an amateur bout on Saturday.

Khadem was quoted by a sports newspaper as saying she believed she was accused of violating Iran's compulsory dress code by boxing in a vest and shorts.

"I was fighting in a legally approved match, in France. But as I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, which is completely normal in the eyes of the entire world, I confounded the rules of my country," she told the L'Equipe newspaper.

A spokesman for the Iranian embassy in Paris told Reuters news agency that he could not comment on whether Khadem faced arrest in Iran or on her decision not to return to Iran.

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