International Swimming Federation: Demand Iran Register Elham's Swimming Record
  • Petitioned Dr. Julio D. Maglione

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Dr. Julio D. Maglione

International Swimming Federation: Demand Iran Register Elham's Swimming Record

    1. Yassmin  Manauchehri
    2. Petition by

      Yassmin Manauchehri

      Newport Coast, CA

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July 2014

Victory

Yassmin Manauchehri: After over 150,000 people -- including you! -- signed my petition on change.org, the Iranian Swimming Federation has officially registered Elham's open water swimming record. This is not only a victory for Elham but for women in sports from around the world who want only to be allowed to compete on a level playing field without political interference and discrimination.

I would like to thank you for supporting my campaign and Elham would too! She sent this message today to thank all of you who have stood by her during this fight:

"Hello, I'm Elham. On July 5, 2014 I received a huge recognition and the registration of a record recorded before only in the heart of my people and all of you. This time, however, the record - 12 hours and 19 kilometers crawl style - was officially recognized with a certificate and will be especially remembered in the register of national records of my country.

With this I would like to thank all of you who have supported me and sent away lies, insults, accusations.

I dedicate my victory to my people, and especially Iranian women, who deserve more.

The little daughter of Iran,

Elham Sadat Asghari"

Elham Asghari is an Iranian swimmer who began swimming at the age of five. She holds several national open-water swimming records. Elham swims wearing a full-body swimsuit she designed that fully adheres to Iran’s Islamic dress code for women. She says the suit hinders her performance and causes her pain, adding a hefty six kilograms to her weight in water. Still she wears it in order to pursue her lifelong dream of being an open-water swimmer.

Achieving that dream has not been without its challenges for Elham. In Iran women are only allowed to swim in gender-segregated pools and are banned from participating in international swimming competitions. During a previous open-water record-attempt, Iranian police chased Elham in a boat in order to stop her from swimming. The propellers on the police boat sliced her legs and hip.

Elham broke her previous 20km open-water record, in June of 2013, by completing a swim in the Caspian Sea in just over eight hours. She swam in a private, women-only beach to avoid another run in with the police. Yet, Iranian officials have refused to recognize her record, stating that her swimming costume, which she had worn when setting her previous records, was illegal because “the feminine characteristics of her body were visible when she came out of the water.

As an Iranian-American woman living in the United States, I feel it is my duty to raise the publics’ awareness on the issue at hand. I’m asking the International Swimming Federation (FINA) to require the Iranian Swimming Federation to register the record Elham Asghari rightfully earned.

Elham Asghari is a talented, accomplished athlete who has worked tirelessly as an open-water swimmer. She continues to face obstacles and challenges that most athletes would never have to deal with on a daily basis. Like any other athlete she deserves to be recognized for her accomplishments. Please join me in asking FINA to help get Elham’s record recognized.

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    1. Victory for Elham!

      Yassmin  Manauchehri
      Petition Organizer

      After over 150,000 people -- including you! -- signed my petition on change.org, the Iranian Swimming Federation has officially registered Elham's open water swimming record. This is not only a victory for Elham but for women in sports from around the world who want only to be allowed to compete on a level playing field without political interference and discrimination.

      I would like to thank you for supporting my campaign and Elham would too! She sent this message today to thank all of you who have stood by her during this fight:

      "Hello, I'm Elham. On July 5, 2014 I received a huge recognition and the registration of a record recorded before only in the heart of my people and all of you. This time, however, the record - 12 hours and 19 kilometers crawl style - was officially recognized with a certificate and will be especially remembered in the register of national records of my country.

      With this I would like to thank all of you who have supported me and sent away lies, insults, accusations.

      I dedicate my victory to my people, and especially Iranian women, who deserve more.

      The little daughter of Iran,

      Elham Sadat Asghari"

      International Swimming Federation: Demand Iran Register Elham's Swimming Record

      Elham Sadaat Asghari is the first woman to break a record in open water swimming in Iran. On June 11th she broke the record for the crawl in the Caspian Sea. But when she went to register her milestone, she was confronted with the officials at the Ministry of Sports.

    2. Reached 40,000 signatures
    3. Elham's Video Message to Supporters

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Elham has made a Youtube video about her efforts to get her record registered by Iranian officials and has a message for the thousands around the world who are supporting her! You can watch and share it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3MFLZfQRZg&feature=youtu.be

    4. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Damien Knox ROCK, WV
      • 4 months ago

      It sounds to me like she followed all the rules that Iran set for her in swimming. Her accomplishments should be recognized. For all it's worth, she could have some form of financial gain. That's just tax revenue that Iran is throwing away.

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    • Kyle Sorrentino HACKETTSTOWN, NJ
      • 8 months ago

      Let the girl SWIM!!!!

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    • Grace Beavin BEREA, KY
      • 8 months ago

      This is important to me because I do not believe that anyone should be discriminated against just because their body looks female. I am tired of women being considered less than purely because they are women.

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    • Janelle Kranz MIDDLESEX, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      Great accomplishments should never go unnoticed.

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    • Sharon Weiss RENO, NV
      • 9 months ago

      Without basic human rights for all citizens of the world, we have nothing.

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