More Athletes in Hijab at Rio

8.10.16 More Athletes in Hijab at Rio
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Summary: Several Muslim women are competing in the 2016 Olympics while wearing hijabs, which can help break down harmful stereotypes

Matthew Fisher wrote an opinion piece for The National Post about how Muslim women are breaking down stereotypes by wearing hijabs during the 2016 Olympics. Read an excerpt below:

“Nobody saw Ibtihaj Muhammad’s black hijab Monday when she became the first American wearing the Islamic head-covering to compete at the Olympic Games, because it was hidden beneath her fencing helmet and an outsized mask covered with the Stars and Stripes.

“But in a year in which a serious candidate for president of the United States has declared that Muslims should not be allowed to immigrate to that country, all eyes were on Muhammad as she competed in the sabre event — though you had to be quick to spot her. After squandering a lead, the 30-year-old New Jersey native was eliminated from the Olympic tournament by France’s Cecilia Berder after a first-match win against Ukraine’s Olena Kravatska.

“Hijabs will again draw attention Tuesday, when Egypt’s Doaa El-Ghobashy and Nada Meawad will wear them, as well as modest long-sleeved shirts and pants, when they play their second beach volleyball match of the Games. They will compete on the sands of Copacabana Beach against two Italians who will be wearing the bikinis that have long been de rigueur for women since the fast-paced sport, which requires lots of jumping and diving, was first played at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

“It was only four years ago that the International Volleyball Federation modified its rules to accommodate the religious and cultural requirements of societies where western bathing attire is considered unacceptable.”

 

Read the full story @ The National Post …