The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has approved new guidelines to give female weightlifters the option of covering their arms and legs.
The decision came after Muslim female weightlifter, Kulsoom Abdullah, established a historic victory to convince the International Weightlifting Federation to change it's dress code.
Thirty-five-year-old Abdullah of Atlanta, who holds a PhD in computer engineering, has waged a personal crusade with both the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Weighlifting to push reform of the uniform law, the Daily Mail reports.
Abdullah was on the brink of qualifying for the American Open tournament last year when she was eliminated because long sleeves might prevent judges from seeing if her elbows were locked.
IWF President Tamas Ajan said that this rule modification has been considered in the spirit of "fairness, equality and inclusion."