Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh, who fled Iran due to persecution and racial discrimination against women, will meet Iranian Nahid Kayani Chandah in the 57kg category on Sunday.
Zadeh is participating in the Olympics as part of the Refugee Olympic Team, which consists of 29 athletes.
Zadeh was the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal, when she took the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, when she was 18. She also won the world title twice, and the gold medal at the 2014 Youth Olympics.
She later criticized the mandatory wearing of the headscarf, and the government imposed on him to wear it at the Olympics, which exposed her to persecution, so she fled to Germany. “I feel great because I made a decision in my life that will definitely change my future,” she said last year.
The winner of the match between Zadeh and former compatriot Chandeh is scheduled to advance to the round of 16, to meet British defending champion Judd John in less than two hours.