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Elnaz Rekabi.. Agency: Demolishing the house of an Iranian athlete who participated in an international tournament without a veil

(CNN) — The family home of Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi has been demolished, according to the pro-reform news agency IranWire, after she was the subject of global attention this fall for her competition without a headscarf.

Rikabi competed with her head uncovered in South Korea in October, coinciding with anti-regime protests sweeping Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, while she was being held by the morality police for allegedly not wearing a headscarf properly.

Some Iranian demonstrators saw my stirrup as a symbol of the national uprising demanding more freedoms for women. However, human rights groups have expressed concerns for her safety when she returned to Tehran.

Footage obtained by CNN from Iran Wire showed a destroyed structure and medallions on the ground. The person in the video described what happened to the house. The video also shows Rekabi’s brother, Daoud, crying. Daoud Rekabi is himself a champion climber with ten gold medals to his name, according to Iran Wire.

The man who filmed the footage – whose identity is unknown – said from behind the camera: “This is the result of living in this country. A country hero with kilos of medals for this country. I worked hard to make this country proud. They pepper-sprayed him, demolished a 39-square-meter house and left. What can i say it?”

It is not clear when the demolition took place.

CNN cannot confirm whether the Rekabi family home was destroyed by government order. Neither the authorities nor pro-state media have commented on the situation publicly.

Footage of Rikabi wearing a headband and her hair in a ponytail while competing in Seoul went viral on social media and made international headlines. When she returned to Iran, videos posted on social media showed her being greeted by crowds chanting “heroine Elnaz” at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.

Later that week, the climber wrote on Instagram: “I am endlessly grateful for your support, all the people of Iran, the most decent people in the world, athletes and non-athletes, and all your support in the (international community).”

At the time, Rekabi said – both on her Instagram account and in interviews with the official Iranian news agency, IRNA – that she competed only “accidentally” without her hijab, which Iran imposes on women representing the country abroad.

However, it is not clear whether Rekabi’s statements were coerced.

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