29/10/2016 4:36 PM IST | Updated 30/10/2016 12:24 PM IST

Shooter Heena Sidhu Pulls Out Of Tehran Event Protesting Compulsory Hijab Rule

'Not in the spirit of sportsmanship.'

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Noted shooter Heena Sidhu backed out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Tehran due to a rule that forces women competitors to wear a hijab.

She said that as sportspersons come from different religions, backgrounds, genders and countries, it was 'not in the spirit of sportsmanship' to make someone wear an hijab against their will.

Sidhu, who had also participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share her views.

She had written to the National Rifle Association of India three weeks ago.

The championship is scheduled be held in Iran's capital Tehran in December.

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