Maryam Azarmehr, 38, was one of the first women in Iran to become a Taekwondo fighter. She is a pioneer and something of an icon among Iranian female Taekwondo fighters. Azarmehr started at a time when women were not allowed to leave the house after 4pm. She was 18 back then ‐ ten years after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and at the end of the Iran‐Iraq‐war. Azarmehr’s whole life now revolves around the women’s sports club.
“Everything used to be much stricter”, says Maryam Azarmehr, and her green eyes begin to sparkle. 15 years ago, women were not allowed to wear make‐up in the streets. She is certain that “with today ́s contest uniform, we could not have set a foot outside, let alone participate in a public competition”. For this reason Azarmehr could never dream of international recognition, much less of taking part in the Olympic Games herself.
But she can live this dream through Sara. “Her motivation is mine, too. I get up every morning and support Sara in what was never possible for me.”