Habib Khabiri, a former player of the national football team who was executed

Habib Khabiri, of course, was not the sole Iranian athlete who was faced severe punishments for political beliefs and activities. Iranian authorities also arrested Forouzan Abdi, a member of the Persian women’s national volleyball team, for membership in the PMOI/MEK in 1982.Authorities applied extreme physical and psychological torture to Abdi. For instance, they detained Abdi’s entire family and held them in custody for around six months, seeking to break her soul and succumb her. However, she denied it and eventually was executed along with 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988.