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Aya Medany: Egyptian Muslim balances the needs of her religion and her sport

Sport and religion often have an uneasy relationship.

Modern pentathlete Aya Medany has wrestled with the needs of her sport and requirements of her Muslim faith ever since the International Swimming Federation banned swimming bodysuits.

In a country that regards sport as a distraction for women, Aya campaigns and encourages more Muslim girls into sport.

In this series, six women from around the world tell the stories of how they came to excel at their sport - the obstacles, challenges, failures and triumphs along the way.

  • 26 Feb 2016
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