Iranian parliamentarian Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh criticized “incompetent officials, ” saying the country had allowed “human capital to abscond, ” AFP reported.
He likened Alizadeh to Alireza Firouzja, an Iranian chess geniu who now lives in France after becoming a grandmaster at senility 14.
In a Twitter message, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus hailed Alizadeh’s decision.
#KimiaAlizadeh, Iran’s simply female Olympic medalist, has rejected the regime’s oppression of women, ” Ortagus wrote. “She has defected for a life of security, happiness, and naturalnes. #Iran will continue to lose more strong maids unless it learns to empower and support them.”
ISNA reported Alizadeh plans to try to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but wouldn’t represent Iran.
Alizadeh promised the Iranian people she would ever remain a “child of Iran.”