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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

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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

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Chicago Tribune 6/30

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Burden removed, Muslim woman will lift at U.S. Championships

Abdullah registers for competition a day after sport’s officials approve dress code change

Kulsoom Abdullah

Kulsoom Abdullah at a recent competition (Courtesy Kulsoom Abdullah)

by Philip Hersh 6:05 p.m. CDT, June 30, 2011

Kulsoom Abdullah didn’t waste any time.

One day after the International Weightlifting Federation’s Wednesday announcement it had made changes in the sport’s competition dress code at her behest, the 35-year-old lifter from Atlanta registered for the U.S. Championships July 15-17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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updated MSNBC article + video 6/30/2011

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updated MSNBC article + video 6/30/2011

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Muslim weightlifter fights to compete, hijabi-style

Barred from competing with arms and legs covered, American appealed to sport’s world body

 

the subsequent tv interview link http://on.msnbc.com/nDW2ir

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Al-Arabiya 6/30/2011

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Al-Arabiya 6/30/2011

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American weightlifter, a Muslim woman, wins right to wear hijab during competition

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Kulsoom Abdullah, a female weightlifter from the US, was initially barred from competing in the American Open because she donned the Islamic head cover. (File Photo)

Kulsoom Abdullah, a female weightlifter from the US, was initially barred from competing in the American Open because she donned the Islamic head cover. (File Photo)

By RICHARD BURCHFIELD
AL ARABIYA WASHINGTON

Kulsoom Abdullah, a 35-year old female weightlifter from Atlanta, Georgia, received long-awaited word from the International Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday that she would be allowed to compete in a modified weightlifting uniform that complied with the hijab and her faith.

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AJC June 29, 2011 by Chris Seward

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AJC June 29, 2011 by Chris Seward

Weightlifting attire rules changed after Atlanta Muslim woman’s mission

By Christopher Seward at the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An Atlanta Muslim woman can now enter weightlifting competitions without worrying about attire that is too revealing after international rules governing uniforms were changed Wednesday.

The International Weightlifting Federation approved new guidelines that give women, particularly Muslim women, the option of dressing in attire that doesn’t leave their legs and arms exposed.

The IWF will now allow women weightlifters to wear a one-piece full-body tight-fitting “unitard” under the compulsory weightlifting costume.  The unitard will allow technical officials to see and verify that lifts are being made, the organization said.

Weightlifter and Georgia Tech graduate Kulsoom Abdullah has waged a personal campaign to have the rules changed, pressing both the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Weightlifting to push for reforms. It was the USOC that urged the IWF to consider changes during a meeting in Malaysia this week.

The change paves the way for Abdullah, who had been barred from competing nationally because she insisted on covering most of her body, to enter more events. The 35-year-old woman, who holds a doctorate in electrical computer engineering from Tech, competes in  women’s senior weightlifting division.

“I’m really happy that it happened,” Abdullah said Wednesday. “I’m really thankful for the support that was out there in the public.”

Abdullah argued her case before the USOC in the form a video production that suggested alternative attire that Muslim women could wear during competitions. She said she will begin training and will register for an upcoming Iowa weightlifting competition she thought she would not be able to enter.

“The one advantage to all of this is that it raised a lot of awareness,” Abdullah said. “I hope it [the changes] will help with other sports that other [Muslim] women participate in.”

The IWF said issues similar to those raised by Abdullah had been on the the governing body’s radar.

“This rule modification has been considered in the spirit of fairness, equality and inclusion,” IWF President Tamas Ajan said Wednesday.

Abdullah is among other Muslim women athletes who have been blocked from national and international competitions because they insisted on modest dress. Iran’s women’s soccer team was recently disqualified during an Olympic qualifying competition against Jordan after athletes wore a full-body outfit with a head scarf. As a result, the soccer team will not be allowed to compete in London.

Abdullah, born in the U.S. to Pakistani parents, competes in the 48kg (about 106 pounds) and 53kg (about 117 pounds) weight class.  She began weightlifting as an exercise routine a few years ago. “It was just something for fun,” she said. “It gave me something to achieve as a goal.”

She teamed up with a trainer and set her sights on competing, training five to six days a week. She entered competitions last year in Flowery Branch, Newnan, Gainesville, Savannah and South Carolina.

Abdullah, who moved to Atlanta from Florida in 1999,  said she covered her body during those local competitions and met no resistance from local weightlifting officials.

She claims USA Weightlifting, one of the many sporting associations under the USOC umbrella, prevented her from participating in a December national competition in Ohio and would not allow her to compete in another competition in July in Iowa because she wanted to wear a hijab.

Abdullah’s plight has attracted the support of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“We welcome this important decision in support of greater inclusion in athletic competition and urge the representatives of other international bodies to take similar steps,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR spokesman. “We thank the United States Olympic Committee for helping to empower Muslim women athletes and for taking a stand in support of the American tradition of religious diversity.”

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11 Alive, Atlanta news 6/29/2011 video

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ABC News.com 6/29/2011

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ABC News.com 6/29/2011

Weightlifting Organization Modifies Clothing Rule for Muslim Woman

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By CHRISTINA NG June 29, 2011

Disputes over what female Muslim athletes can wear have arisen in soccer, swimming, track, gymnastics and, most recently, weightlifting, putting the athletes in the difficult situation of having to choose between their religion and their sport. But today, a compromise was reached in weightlifting.

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Yahoo news by Liz Goodwin – June 29, 2011

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Yahoo news by Liz Goodwin – June 29, 2011

Weightlifting group allows woman to wear hijab, unitard in competitions

By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – Wed, Jun 29, 2011

Abdullah in a February competition

A Muslim weightlifter in Atlanta, Ga., will now be allowed to compete nationally after the sport’s international ruling body said she may wear a hijab and body-covering unitard.

Kulsoom Abdullah began lifting last year at her gym in Atlanta, and discovered she was surprisingly good at the sport. She qualified for the American Open Weightlifting Championships last December, but the event’s sponsoring body, USA Weightlifting, told her that she would not be able to compete in her modified uniform that covers everything but her hands, feet, and face.

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Associated Press June 29, 2011

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IWF changes rules on attire for US Muslim athlete

(AP) – Jun 29, 2011

PENANG, Malaysia (AP) — Weightlifting’s world governing body agreed Wednesday to modify its clothing rules to accommodate a Muslim women competing for the United States.

Kulsoom Abdullah of Atlanta was barred from entering higher-level U.S. competitions. Her Muslim faith requires that she covers her arms, legs and head, which violates international rules governing weightlifting attire.

USA Weightlifting took her case to the International Weightlifting Federation, which agreed to change the rules after its technical committee reviewed the proposal.

“The modified rule changes permit athletes to wear a one-piece, full-body, tight-fitted ‘unitard’ under the compulsory weightlifting costume,” IWF vice president Sam Coffa said.

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AL ARABIYA Tuesday, 28 June 2011

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AL ARABIYA Tuesday, 28 June 2011

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Muslim American weightlifter ‘presses’ on in fight to compete

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

American Muslim Kulsoom Abdullah is quite possibly the only woman in the world to compete in weightlifting tournaments while wearing the hijab.

American Muslim Kulsoom Abdullah is quite possibly the only woman in the world to compete in weightlifting tournaments while wearing the hijab.

By ANGELA SIMAAN AND RICHARD BURCHFIELD
AL ARABIYA WASHINGTON

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msnbc

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A new article is published:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43527580/ns/world_news-americas/t/muslim-weightlifter-fights-compete-hijabi-style

The hate comments have immediately started. Please post your comments to help. It will not change the mentality of the haters but it will show that supportive people are out there, not only haters that hate. Thanks a lot

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MSNBC.com 6/27/2011

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MSNBC.com 6/27/2011

 

Muslim weightlifter fights to compete, hijabi-style

Barred from competing with arms and legs covered, American appeals to sport’s world body

Image: Kulsoom Abdullah

Barry Williams  /  for msnbc.com

Kulsoom Abdullah, who has been barred from competing in major U.S. weightlifting competitions because she wears a hijab, trains Friday in Atlanta.

By Kari HuusReporter

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ABC News 6/14/11 by Christina NG

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ABC News 6/14/11 by Christina NG

Muslim Women Athletes Banned From Tournaments Get Creative With Hijabs

By CHRISTINA NG
June 14, 2011
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Daily Mail 6/10/11 by Rachel Quigley

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Daily Mail 6/10/11 by Rachel Quigley

‘No athlete should be forced to choose between faith and sport’: Muslim weightlifter fights rules that won’t let her compete in a hijab

By RACHEL QUIGLEY

Last updated at 10:53 PM on 10th June 2011

It takes a strong woman to take on a male-dominated sport.

It takes an even stronger woman to not only take on the sport but change their age-old rules and possibly alter the face of competitive sports.

Kulsoom Abdullah wasn’t always this strong, but in a bid to change that she took up weightlifting a couple of years ago.

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6/10/11 jezebel.com

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6/10/11 jezebel.com
BY RAMONA EMERSON 
JUN 10, 2011 2:05 PM

SPORTS

The Female Athletes Who Are Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t

In the past month, religious women have been prevented from participating in soccer, basketball, and weightlifting — all because their faith dictates they cover their heads, necks, arms, legs, or some combination thereof.  If three makes a trend, then it looks like we’re on the way to seeing an unofficial consensus from athletics organizations about whether devoutly religious women can play sports at all.

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AJC 6/10/2011 by Chris Seward

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AJC 6/10/2011 by Chris Seward

Atlanta weightlifter’s plight over Islamic attire gets international attention

By Christopher Seward

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An Atlanta athlete may have single-handedly set in motion a change in international rules governing how Islamic women may dress in at least one popular sport — weightlifting.

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Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.comKulsoom Abdullah sets the weights for her workout. She had been declared ineligible to compete in national competitions because of her Islamic dress.

 
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Chicago Tribune 6/9/11 by Philip Hersh

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Chicago Tribune 6/9/11 by Philip Hersh

Muslim woman wants to lift sport’s dress code

USOC backs her quest to compete in form of Islamic attire

June 09, 2011|Globetrotting | Philip Hersh

Wednesday, I received a press release from the Council on American-Islamic Relations about its efforts to get a dispensation from international weightlifting costume rules so a female Muslim athlete can take part in some of her sport’s major events.

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CNN 6/9/11 by Josh Levs

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CNN 6/9/11 by Josh Levs

 Muslim weightlifter’s wish to dress modestly triggers debate

By Josh Levs, CNN
June 9, 2011 8:01 p.m. EDT
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kulsoom Abdullah wants to keep her body covered during official competitions
  • The International Weightlifting Federation will consider her complaint
  • Rules specify outfits must be collarless and must not cover the elbows or knees
  • The USOC has received some messages opposing a rule change

Atlanta (CNN) — Kulsoom Abdullah is a 35-year-old with a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering. But it’s her passion outside of work that has put her at the center of a debate — one that could affect athletic competitions worldwide, even the Olympics.

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Yahoo News 6/9/11 by Liz Goodwin

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Yahoo News 6/9/11 by Liz Goodwin

Woman weightlifter fights to compete in hijab

By Liz Goodwin Thu, Jun 9, 2011

National Affairs Reporter

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Associated Press 6/9/11 by Paul Newberry

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Associated Press 6/9/11 by Paul Newberry

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Muslim lifter tries to compete and remain faithful

PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer
Updated 07:31 p.m., Thursday, June 9, 2011
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