The coach of an Iranian women’s football team complained about her team having to play in a badly polluted weather condition.
Rahyab-e Melal women’s football team comes from Sanandaj, capital of the western Iranian province of Kurdistan. They played with the Esteghlal of Khuzistan Province on Friday, January 19, 2018, in Ahwaz, capital of the oil-rich province of Khuzistan while air pollution had reached levels 66 times the permissible limit.
All men’s games were cancelled to avoid risking health of players and coaches. (The state-run ISNA news agency – January 20, 2018)
The coach of Rahyab-e Melal said, “The pollution was so much that my players’ faces were covered with dust, their eyes burnt and our scope of vision was very limited. It was as if women had stronger lungs compared to men. Do we have to go blind, before they cancel the games?”