Condoleezza Rice

Iranian women complain they can't attend volleyball matches

Iranian women report they are being barred from attending a major volleyball tournament featuring the Olympic-bound men's national team, reigniting a debate about whether Iran should be allowed to host international matches.

Despite a commitment from volleyball's world governing body that women would be able to attend this weekend's World League tournament at the Azadi Sport Complex in Tehran, Iranian women who have pushed to make sporting events more open say they haven't been able to purchase tickets despite multiple efforts to buy them online.

Female fans are traditionally barred from attending male-only sporting events in Iran — efforts by authorities to enforce...