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World s Meanwhile in ... Iran, women’s soccer is making progress moving toward the 2022 Olympics in Beijing

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Iran, women’s soccer is making progress moving toward the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. For two decades, riflery was the only international sport open to Iranian women. Then, in the 1990s, a national soccer league was established and Oklahoman Katayoun Khosrowyar was recruited as a player. Ms. Khosrowyar, who today works with Iran’s soccer youth leagues, says that a new regulation allowing 16-year-olds to train with senior clubs will be a huge aid in preparing Iranian women athletes for the 2022 Olympics. Khosrowyar told The Guardian that she has seen many changes for the better for women athletes in her 12 years in Iran. “[T]he fact that we exist is huge,” she says.

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