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)