Iranian chess player Sarah Khadem, also known as Sarasadat Kademarshalye, entered an international tournament without a hijab, Iranian news agency Jamaran reported on Tuesday.
Khadem is the latest sportswoman to compete without a hijab since anti-government protests erupted in September.
Khadem appeared in a photo shared by Jamaran without a hijab as required under the Iranian dress code while attending the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
CNN reached out to Khadem’s Instagram page for comment.
According to the International Chess Federation, the chess player born in 1997 is ranked 804th among active players in the world and 10th in Iran.
In October, Iranian climber Ernaz Rekhabi said he entered a competition in South Korea without wearing the mandatory hijab and later accidentally dropped out. Unknown.
In November, Iranian archer Parmida Ghasemi took off her hijab at an awards ceremony in Tehran to show support for anti-government protests, but later failed to realize her hijab had been dropped.
A video shared on social media shows her allowing the scarf to be dropped in what was widely interpreted as showing support for nationwide demonstrations.
Iran’s deputy sports minister Mariam Kazemipour said in November that athletes who acted contrary to Islamic norms “regret” their subsequent actions and are “seeking an opportunity to make amends”. .