Women were allowed to be among the audience of a basketball game between Iran and Iraq in Tehran on Sunday, in an exceptional departure from a nationwide ban on women attending men’s sporting events. Sunday’s exception to the ban took place after the Basketball Federation of Iran announced that women would be free to enter Azadi Stadium. Women of all ages filled up the bleachers as they... Еще cheered along the Iranian national team. «It is so exciting and we really would like them to give women more space,» spectator Shabnam Fathi said. «As you were watching the atmosphere of the hall was healthy and joyful. There were no problems and no disrespect, there was only happiness. I hope that it continues,» spectator Sahar Harsijian said. A ban on women attending men’s sports events remains active in Iran. The country has allowed select occasions, most notably an Iran-USA volleyball match in 2015. Women’s presence on Sunday was different from previous times, when they have had to pass an accurate selection process. This time, the Basketball Federation of Iran encouraged everyone to participate and bring along family members. «I hope this issue can be extended in other fields,» Vice Chairman of the Basketball Federation Farideh Shoaei said.