Press Coverage

List of press links

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

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.

AJC 6/10/11

Atlanta TV

WSB 6/10/11

WXIA 6/10/11

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Muslim Women in Sport: Culture vs Religion by Fatima Fakier

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog, Non USA Press Coverage, Press Coverage | Comments Off

Muslim Women in Sport: Culture vs Religion by Fatima Fakier

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.

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The Friday Times (PAKISTAN) – Worth the Weight By Sonya Rehman

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Non USA Press Coverage, Press Coverage | Comments Off

The Friday Times (PAKISTAN) – Worth the Weight By Sonya Rehman

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

Worth the weight

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PBS Newshour Extra – Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

PBS Newshour Extra – Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics

I was interviewed and mentioned in this article below, original article is located here at pbs.org.  Below is a copy.

Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics 

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. 

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(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.

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NPR – Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

NPR – Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

My Ramadan 2012 post is mentioned in the last paragraph of this article at NPR.  Below is a copy.

Many Muslim Olympians Get A Break On Ramadan Fasting

12:43 pm July 23, 2012 by 

Britain's Abdul Buhari competes in the discus at the European Athletics Championships last month. With the Olympics coinciding with Ramadan, Buhari and many other Muslim athletes are postponing their fasting until after their events.

Ian Walton/Getty ImagesBritain’s Abdul Buhari competes in the discus at the European Athletics Championships last month. With the Olympics coinciding with Ramadan, Buhari and many other Muslim athletes are postponing their fasting until after their events.
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Column: Time for IOC to stand firm against Saudis – by Paul Newberry

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Blog, News & Updates, Press Coverage | Comments Off

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
Associated Press

“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.

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USOC lifted the bar for Muslim woman – Philip Hersh 13/04/2012

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Blog, Press Coverage | Comments Off

USOC lifted the bar for Muslim woman – Philip Hersh 13/04/2012

USOC lifted the bar for Muslim woman

A year later, competing for Pakistan, she hopes for Olympic chance

Kulsoom Abdullah at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships (courtesy Kulsoom Abdullah)Kulsoom Abdullah at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships (Courtesy Kulsoom Abdullah / April 13, 2012)
1:43 p.m. CDT, April 13, 2012
Next week at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in South Korea, a computer engineer from Atlanta will take another step she hopes could lead to the 2012 London Olympics.That Kulsoom Abdullah has gotten this far is nothing short of a miracle, given what she needed to overcome in the often hidebound world of international sports.
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Islamic Horizons (by ISNA) – Breaking Barriers & Making Headlines Jan/Feb 2012

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Blog, Press Coverage | Comments Off

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)

direct link to page 30http://bit.ly/xoi3yN

direct link to page 31http://bit.ly/y7tgvU

Below are the two pages of the article & the cover, click on each image to see the full size:

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Crossfit Journal video, Shoulder Rehab & Training

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Blog, News & Updates, Press Coverage | Comments Off

Crossfit Journal video, Shoulder Rehab & Training

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.

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03-Nov-2011 12:02, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
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03-Nov-2011 11:58, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 320
 
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03-Nov-2011 12:01, Canon Canon EOS 60D, 2.8, 17.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 

Full album is herehttp://www.liftingcovered.com/crossfit-media-behind-the-scenes-w-koslap/

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:

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Elan Magazine November 2011

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Blog, Press Coverage | Comments Off

Elan Magazine November 2011

Moniza Khokhar interviewed me for Elan Magazine.  Below is a copy of the awesome article.

Kulsoom Abdullah: Lifting her way into the Olympics

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.

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Sept 28, 2011 The Washington Diplomat

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

Sept 28, 2011 The Washington Diplomat

Original article location at The Washington Diplomat.  My name (mention) is in bold font within the article.

 

U.S. Plays Up Power of Sports In Win-Win Approach to Diplomacy

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.

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Time.com Specials “Top 10 Sports-Fashion Controversies”

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Blog, Press Coverage | Comments Off

Time.com Specials “Top 10 Sports-Fashion Controversies”

link to original source/list: http://ti.me/qQLdNL  I am #2 out of #10!

Headscarves in Weight-Lifting Competition

By ERIN SKARDA Thursday, Sept. 01, 2011
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Women’s Sports Foundation – August 16, 2011

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Blog, Press Coverage | Comments Off

Women’s Sports Foundation – August 16, 2011

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

Elite weightlifter writes letter of thanks for WSF support


Kulsoom Abdullah is an Pakistani-American computer engineer who has been competing in Olympic Weightlifting for three years. Thanks to WSF Advocacy work, Abdullah was cleared to compete in accordance with her Muslim faith after the International Weightlifting Federation ruled that athletes could wear a full-body “unitard” under the customary weightlifting uniform. Previously, all weightlifting athletes were required to compete in a standard uniform.
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Times Union August 13, 2011

Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in Blog, Press Coverage | Comments Off

Times Union August 13, 2011

The Times Union published a well edited version of my blog post about Ramadan fasting & weightlifting.  Below is a copy

The secret strength of Ramadan

BY KULSOOM ABDULLAH - Published 12:00 a.m., Saturday, August 13, 2011

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.

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New York Times July 15, 2011

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

SPORTS BRIEFING | WEIGHT LIFTING

Competing While Covered Is a First for a U.S. Event

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 15, 2011
Kulsoom Abdullah became the first woman to compete in the United States weight lifting championships while wearing clothing that covered her legs, arms and head.
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AJC Gallery July 15, 2011

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

AJC Gallery July 15, 2011

 Atlanta woman makes history in weightlifting

Article and photo gallery over at the AJC
Kulsoom Abdullah, of Atlanta, left, stands with fellow competitors during introductions at the national weightlifting championships on Friday, July 15, 2011, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.AP
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Associated Press – Luke Meredith – July 15th, 2011

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Associated Press – Luke Meredith – July 15th, 2011

Kulsoom Abdullah honors Muslim faith, makes history at US weightlifting nationals

 

By LUKE MEREDITH - AP Sports Writer - Jul 15, 7:49 PM EDT – article at the Associated Press

 

 

Nationals Abdullah Weightlifting
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.

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7/15/11 MSNBC by Kari Huus

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

7/15/11 MSNBC by Kari Huus

The barbell is up, and the dresscode changed

By Kari Huus, msnbc.com senior reporter

 

Charlie Neibergall / AP

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.

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AJC July 14, 2011 – Christopher Seward

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

AJC July 14, 2011 – Christopher Seward
GEORGIA SPORTS 6:07 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011

Muslim weightlifter finally reaches national competition

 By Christopher Seward 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

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Associated Press – Charles Odum July 14th, 2011

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

Associated Press – Charles Odum July 14th, 2011

Abdullah breaking down barriers

By CHARLES ODUM Associated Press
Published 12:16 a.m., Thursday, July 14, 2011

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.

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BeliefNet July 13, 2011 by Stephen Russ

Posted by on Jul 13, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

BeliefNet July 13, 2011 by Stephen Russ

Lifting a Heaven Burden

The inspiring story of a Muslim weightlifter who never gave up on her dream

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.

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Voice of America July 6, 2011 by Lolla Nur (Tala Hadavi competition report included)

Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in Non USA Press Coverage, Press Coverage | Comments Off

Voice of America July 6, 2011 by Lolla Nur (Tala Hadavi competition report included)

IWF Changes Dress Code Rules, Lets Muslim Weightlifter Compete

Lolla Mohammed Nur –  July 06, 2011 – Voice of America Middle East
reset, before jerk

Photo: Walter Barber
Kulsoom Abdullah competing at a 2010 Open Championship in the US state of Georgia

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.

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Daily Mail – July 1, 2011

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Daily Mail – July 1, 2011

Weightlifter wins her fight to wear the hijab in competition as international body bows to pressure for rule change

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Last updated at 9:37 PM on 1st July 2011

Muslim weightlifter Kulsoom Abdullah has won her battle to wear the hijab while competing.

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.

Weighing in: Kulsoom Abdullah appeared on NBC News Atlanta to discuss the historic victory to convince the International Weightlifting Federation to change it's dress codeWeighing in: Kulsoom Abdullah appeared on NBC News Atlanta to discuss the historic victory to convince the International Weightlifting Federation to change it’s dress code
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Associated Press – June 30, 2011

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

Muslim woman registers for nationals

 Published 08:55 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Kulsoom Abdullah of Atlanta has filed to compete in the national weightlifting championships a day after the sport’s world governing body modified its rules to accommodate her Muslim beliefs.

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6/30/11 NBC Sports Off the bench

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Press Coverage | Comments Off

6/30/11 NBC Sports Off the bench
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