Who is Elnaz Rekabi? Age, career & other facts about Iranian sport climber

Elnaz Rekabi
Elnaz Rekabi

Elnaz Rekabi is an Iranian sport climber renowned for her accomplishments in bouldering and lead climbing.

In 2016, Elnaz Rekabi became the first Iranian female to compete full-time on the IFSC World Cup.

Date of birth/ age

Elnaz Rekabi was born July 20, 1989. In 2022 she is 33 years.

Elnaz Rekabi Hometown

Elnaz Rekabi is an Iranian whose hometown is called Tehran.

Elnaz Weight

Elnaz has a great physical appearance – she weighs 50kg


She participated at the 2021 IFSC Climbing World Championships, being awarded the bronze medal in the women’s combined event.

In 2022, she participated in the 2022 IFSC Climbing Asian Championships where she finished fourth. Notably, she appeared without Iran’s mandatory headscarf.

On 18 October 2022, two days after the competition, Rekabi was reported missing.

The event occurred while the Mahsa Amini protests were ongoing.

Elnaz Rekabi Hijab

During an interview with in 2016, Elnaz Rekabi, revealed that the hijab is one of her challenge that sometimes gets in the way of her climbing – an obligatory head veil worn by some Muslim women.

Rekabi said: ‘‘At the beginning it was a little bizarre for the other athletes, who were curious about a girl wearing a scarf on her head and an outfit that covered the arms and legs whilst competing inside in such a hot temperature. For sure when its hot the hijab becomes a problem. During competition your body needs to evacuate the heat. But we have tried to create an outfit ourselves that respects the hijab and is compatible with practicing the sport of climbing.’‘

In 2022, she was in the news for violating her native Iran’s ultraconservative dress code by competing without a headscarf at an international competition in  South Korea.

Rekabi’s decision to only wear a black headband on her head while competing in the finals was seen by some as a protest against the Iranian government, which has brutally cracked down on anti-government protests in which women have publicly ditched their hijabs and set them on fire.

Rekabi’s Instagram account posted an apology for triggering concerns and said her decision to climb without the hijab on Sunday was unintentional she was unexpectedly called up ahead of schedule, but it is unclear if the post was made by her or if she was coerced.

On Monday, BBC Persian reported that Rekabi had gone missing after the event and her friends have been unable to contact her.

IranWire, a U.K.-based publication run by Iranians in exile, reported citing sources that the climber is likely to be jailed in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison—which holds several political dissidents and even U.S. citizens—upon her arrival in Iran.

The report notes that Rekabi always planned to return to Iran as her husband is still in the country, but Iranian officials reportedly tricked her into handing over her passport and phone and then sent her back to Tehran early to prevent anti-government protestors from gathering outside the airport.

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