Organisers of this month's International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Tour Open event in Iran have promised the world governing body that women will be allowed to attend, despite them still being banned from watching matches in the country.
This was one of the key conditions of Iran being awarded the event, due to to take place in Kish Island, a 91.5 square kilometres resort in the Persian Gulf, from February 14 to 19.
Organisers had not been able to provide this guarantee until now, after a lengthy negotiating process, the FIVB said today.
"We've had confirmation from the organisers that the event will be open to fans from all age groups and genders," the body's communication director Richard Baker told insidethegames.
"This will include families and women."
A 27-year long rule banning women from attending football matches in the Islamic nation was controversially extended to volleyball in 2012.
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