x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

In pictures: Parkour in Tehran

In a Tehran park, a group of young women brave sneering men and shocked looks as they perform flips, mid-air somersaults and bound from pillar to pillar in a surprising sight in the Islamic republic.

The group has discovered parkour, the fast-moving sport blending acrobatics and gymnastics that has become their outlet for evading Iranian social constraints and dealing with stress.