A group including former Franco-Iranian boxing world champion Mahyar Monshipour and Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi called on the International Olympic Committee to ban Iran from the Paris Olympics. There is a demand that Iran should not be allowed to participate in the Olympics without ending the ongoing discrimination against women.
In a letter to the IOC in late July, it accused the country of violating the fundamental principle of non-discrimination in sports by failing to comply with the Olympic Charter. This was revealed by their lawyer Frederic Thiriez at a press conference. Thiriez said the Charter also specifies that there must be “no discrimination of any kind, in particular on the grounds of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
Thiriez said that the IOC had replied “rest assured, we are closely monitoring the situation in Iran”.