Iran has announced that female weightlifters in the country will be allowed to compete internationally for the first time.
The president of Iran's weightlifting federation made the announcement yesterday (November 23), according to The Daily Sabah.
Ali Moradi said: "We have established the Iran Weightlifting Federation Women's Committee and we have talented female athletes.
"They have high capacity like men athletes, and I hope that, wearing special clothes for Muslim athletes, they will be able to take part in international championships in the near future."
The director general at the International Weightlifting Federation, Attila Adamfi, welcomed the news and said it is a "very significant" move.
Iran has won several gold medals at the Olympics with its male team and the country is said to have a strong culture of weightlifting.
The male team is expected to compete at the IWF World Championships next week in California.
However there has been some difficulty in the athletes gaining visas for entry to America for the competition as their visa approvals were delayed. Olympic champion Kianoush Rostami was also rejected but got through on his second application.
The US has also been invited by Moradi to compete in the Fajr Cup in Iran, asking the country to send over both male and female teams next year.