Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

Young Indian shuttler Tanya Hemanth clinched the women’s single title at the Iran Fajr International Challenge badminton tournament on Sunday (5 February). After the win at the tournament, the 19-year-old Indian shuttler was forced to wear a headscraf to collect her reward at the podium.

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However, it is being reported that the organisers had made it clear that headscarves were mandatory for women medal winners however there wasn’t a clear mention of the podium dress code.


“The prospectus talked about the clothing rules in the Badminton World federation’s competition regulations, which is mostly common in tournaments around the world. While we knew headscarves were a must when women stepped out in Tehran, there was no particular mention about their use during the tournament,” badminton sources were quoted by TOI.


It is to be noted that women shuttlers faced no such restrictions during their matches. Adding to that, no male spectator was allowed to watch the women’s matches at the tournament.


Talking about second seeded Tanya, who hails from Karnataka and trains at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, the 19-year-old cruised past the defending champion and compatriot Tasnim Mir in a total of 30 minutes. The Bengaluru-native won the first game and struggled to register a win 21-7, 21-11. 

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