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Weightlifting in a hijab

How Muslim-American Kulsoom Abdullah won the right to compete in weightlifting in Islamic dress in 2011.

To mark International Women's Day, Ned Carter-Miles has the story of the Muslim-American weightlifter, Kulsoom Abdullah, who in 2011 made history by winning the right to compete in a hijab. It was the climax of a high-profile campaign against the weightlifting authorities, who had argued that judges would not be able to see if she was performing her lifts correctly. Kulsoom's victory has inspired a new generation of women weightlifters in the Muslim world. The programme is a Just Radio Production.

PHOTO: Kulsoom Abdullah in the gym (personal collection)

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Mon 11 Mar 2019 04:50GMT

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