Muslim Woman Weightlifter Allowed to Wear Hijab (VIDEO)
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Muslim Woman Weightlifter Allowed to Wear Hijab (VIDEO)

Dyersville : IA : USA | Jul 02, 2011 at 4:04 AM PDT
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American-Muslim weightlifter allowed to wear hijab

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."

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35 year old Georgia weightlifter Kulsoom Abdullah scored a victory for herself and American Muslims today. The International Weightlifting Federation modified its policy to allow her to cover her hair, arms and legs when competing in the USA Weightlifting Senior Nationals in July in Iowa.
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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