A performance by the Iran Symphony Orchestra at a sporting event was cancelled after organisers refused to allow women onto the stage. The chief conductor, Ali (Alexander) Rahbari, said he was informed of the ban 15 minutes before the start of the World Wrestling Clubs Cup competition.
‘The chairs were laid out and everything looked fine,’ said Rahbari. ‘But before performing the national anthem, all of a sudden they announced women cannot play on stage. ‘I was offended and said it was impossible for me to accept such an insult. We either play all together or we leave’.