A year later, competing for Pakistan, she hopes for Olympic chance
|Kulsoom Abdullah at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships (Courtesy Kulsoom Abdullah / April 13, 2012)|
This year has been so action-packed, that I didn’t even get the chance to update my blog properly this whole year, oops – I did it one more time!
From the Ride for Rights, to Saris to Suits to being on Buzzfeed – it’s been a very eventful time in my life, but here are some of my highlights in 2015: (click to read the entire post)Read More
I haven’t written a post since January of this year. 8 months! I have been better at putting updates on my Facebook page. I have had a lot of things going on since then and below is a summary —Read More
These links are over one year old now, they are the articles that came out when my story first went public June 2011. The posts in this category are archives and links to news coverage that occurred then and until now.
WXIA 6/10/11Read More
Original link to the article over at Aquila Style
Muslim Women in Sport: Culture vs Religion
April 26, 2013 12:02 AM by Fatima Fakier
In a guest article, Fatima Fakier reports on the cultural and religious influences at play in this often divisive issue and examines the consequences of increased segregation.
The human body was designed for physical activity. Our bodies are perfectly engineered to fulfil our basic needs and to achieve what we set out to do.
Regular exercise stimulates a multitude of networks within our bodies, which benefits all our inner processes from immune-system function to emotional balance. Aside from weight loss, beating depression and combating PMS, women who exercise regularly or play sports tend to have a better body image regardless of their actual shape or size.
Muslim women face many barriers to sports and exercise, such as hijab bans, large-scale poverty and religious intolerance. But one of the biggest barriers originates from within their own communities.Read More
Published in Pakistan newspaper The Friday Times August 31-September 06, 2012 – Vol. XXIV, No. 29. I was interviewed by Sonya Rehman, a Fullbright scholar living in Lahore, Pakistan. The unedited version is on her blog. She is a Fullbright scholar, and used that scholarship to attend Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism with an MS in Print Journalism. Original article located here Below is a copy.
|Interview By Sonya Rehman – Sonya Rehman interviews Kulsoom Abdullah, a star weightlifter of Pakistani origin who broke new ground in American sports when she refused to take off her hijab|
I was interviewed and mentioned in this article below, original article is located here at pbs.org. Below is a copy.
Posted: 08.01.12 Allison McCartney – The 2012 London Olympics mark the first time that every competing country will have at least one woman on their team. This comes after years of encouraging female athletes and altering rules that kept out women in religions and cultures with modest dress codes.
(Photo Caption: Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Attar is one of the first female athletes to compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics.)
Although it now seems difficult to imagine the Olympics without athletes like swimmer Missy Franklin and gymnast Gabby Douglas, women were not allowed to compete in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, and their inclusion was controversial long afterwards.Read More
12:43 pm July 23, 2012 by BILL CHAPPELL
I am mentioned & quoted in this article from a phone interview today. Paul Newberry also covered my story last year. Link to the article: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=oly&id=8133556
Regarding the Olympics, as of this post, I still do not know if Pakistan is getting a wild card invitation from the International Weightlifting Federation and IOC for a female invitational slot for weightlifting. Thanks everyone for your support, I appreciate the encouragement. I am still continuing to train as anything can happen or is possible.
Column: Time for IOC to stand firm against Saudis
Updated: July 5, 2012, 6:35 PM ET
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit …”
Those are the International Olympics Committee’s own words, spelled out at the very beginning of its charter, right after the preamble, under a section known as “Fundamental Principles of Olympism.”
It’s time for the IOC to live up to them.
If Saudi Arabia won’t allow women to compete at the London Games, tell the guys who run the oil-rich kingdom they can keep the rest of their team — the men — at home, too.
No more negotiations. No more sorting out the details. This is a major issue, no less important than a stand taken by the IOC nearly a half-century ago when faced with the issue of apartheid in South Africa.Read More
|Kulsoom Abdullah at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships (Courtesy Kulsoom Abdullah / April 13, 2012)|
I was interviewed by Zahra Cheema before I left for Worlds 2011. She wrote a great article (on myself and Ibtihaj Muhammad, fencer for Team USA) for the magazine, Islamic Horizons (published by ISNA – Islamic Society of North America) is available online:
magazine issue index: http://bit.ly/xiQH9U (article is on pages 30 and 31)
Below are the two pages of the article & the cover, click on each image to see the full size:Read More
This will be a record for the shortest interval between a previous blog post and a current one, that is, this one is less than one month after my previous blog entry.
Crossfit Media Interview:
I was prompted to write this post because the Crossfit Media interview by Michael Koslap @ kozproductions.com I mentioned in my World Weightlifting trip blog post, is now up! The interview was the morning I trained, the day I was leaving for Worlds, November 3, 2011. Here are some of the “behind the scenes” pictures and link to the album, at Crossfit Atlanta.
Currently, the video is linked on today’s (December 27, 2011) crossfit.com mainsite entry, and is here at the Crossfit Journal: http://journal.crossfit.com/2011/12/kulsoomabdullahstory.tpl
It is a pretty awesome video. Thanks Mike
I uploaded it to my Youtube Channel:Read More
Moniza Khokhar interviewed me for Elan Magazine. Below is a copy of the awesome article.
By: Moniza Khokhar
Kulsoom Abdullah, 35, is fierce. Really. The 105 lbs Abdullah has a PhD in Electrical/Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, can clear over 125 lbs in the clean and jerk and is only getting started. She’s continuing to compete and has her eye on the Olympic dream. Elan got a chance to speak with her.
Original article location at The Washington Diplomat. My name (mention) is in bold font within the article.
By Jacob Comenetz
Written on September 28, 2011
The use of sports to foster peace can be traced to ancient Greece, when the kings of the dominant city-states signed a truce, or ekecheiria (literally, a “holding of hands”), guaranteeing the safety of athletes, their families and pilgrims traveling to and from the Olympic Games.
link to original source/list: http://ti.me/qQLdNL I am #2 out of #10!
The Women’s Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization, of whom WSF Senior Director of Advocacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, commented and advocated on my behalf before the IWF meetings. She is mentioned and gave comments in the MSNBC article by Kari Huus.
They posted my letter of thanks and you can check out what their organization does for women and sports. Below is a copy:
AUG 16, 2011 01:17 PM BY Lindsay Hock
I train during Ramadan. Not drinking water while working out is definitely a challenge, especially in where I live in Atlanta, also known as Hotlanta.
Many think I am insane, though as the years go by, the more people know about Ramadan and the more they are fasting for non-religious reasons, the more they do not feel sorry for me.
Atlanta woman makes history in weightlifting
By LUKE MEREDITH – AP Sports Writer – Jul 15, 7:49 PM EDT – article at the Associated Press
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Kulsoom Abdullah wasn’t so concerned about making history.For Abdullah, performing well at her first national weightlifting championship was far more important than the outfit she had fought so hard to wear.
The flowing hijab and black top were hard to miss, though, as Abdullah became the first woman to compete in the U.S. championships on Friday while wearing clothing that covers her legs, arms and head.
Abdullah was cleared to compete in accordance with her Muslim faith after the International Weightlifting Federation ruled two weeks ago that athletes could wear a full-body “unitard” under the customary weightlifting uniform.Read More
By Kari Huus, msnbc.com senior reporter
Kulsoom Abdullah, of Atlanta, competes during the national weightlifting championships on Friday in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Kulsoom Abdullah headed into Friday’s USA National Weightlifting Competition with modest expectations, but even before she stepped up to the barbell she had won a major victory.
After successfully giving the heave-ho to restrictions limiting what she can wear, an Atlanta Muslim weightlifter will be pumping iron for another victory Friday.
Kulsoom Abdullah will compete in the 2011 National Weightlifting Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa, her first national competition since the sport’s international regulators revised rules to allow her and other women to wear less-revealing uniforms.Read More
ATLANTA — Kulsoom Abdullah’s Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and black belt in taekwondo are proof she doesn’t back away from challenges.
On Friday, she will become the first woman to compete in the national weightlifting championships while wearing clothing that covers her legs, arms and head, in keeping with her Muslim faith.
The 35-year-old entered the nationals in Council Bluffs, Iowa, after the International Weightlifting Federation ruled on her behalf two weeks ago that athletes could wear a full-body “unitard” under the customary weightlifting uniform.
The ruling placed a spotlight on Abdullah, who lives in Atlanta, for her first national competition.Read More
BY: Stephen Russ
Kulsoom Abdullah is an American born Muslim with deep roots in Pakistan and a PhD holding graduate of Georgia Tech. She is kind, honest, and extremely talented.
When Kulsoom Abdullah started weightlifting three years ago, she never thought she would be the first headscarf-donning Muslim American to compete in the USA National Weightlifting Championships – America’s most prestigious weightlifting competition.
What fueled Abdullah’s doubts and set her apart from fellow competitors was her dress code. As a devout Muslim, she chose to wear modest clothing – long-sleeved T-shirts and loose pants – garb that didn’t conform with official competition rules.
Last updated at 9:37 PM on 1st July 2011
After a lengthy campaign to change the sport’s rules surrounding what athletes can wear in competition, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) have now approved new guidelines to give women the option of covering their arms and legs.
And under the new advice female competitors who wish to cover up can wear a one-piece full-body unitard signalling a massive victory for the Georgia Tech graduate.