Women’s Sports Foundation – August 16, 2011

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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.

Last month at the U.S. Championships, Abdullah became the first woman to compete in the U.S. championships while wearing clothing that covers her legs, arms and head. She finished fifth out of six competitors in the 105-pound weight class.Below, Abdullah writes a letter to WSF Senior Director of Advocacy, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, thanking her for the WSF’s support.Learn more about Abdullah on her website here.Dear Mrs. Hogshead-Makar,

My name is Kulsoom Abdullah.  I came to know of the Women’s Sports Foundation and your involvement via Kari Huus, the MSNBC reporter who wrote about my situation with weightlifting ( http://bit.ly/jvz97H )
on June 30.  I am happy such a foundation exists.

I definitely think that your feedback and involvement helped with my appeal to the International Weightlifting Federation and subsequently to compete in USA Weightlifting national competitions.  I was
astonished and grateful in how the media gave their support and helped spread the message literally around the world.  I feel this allowed the IWF to come to know of the situation and realize how important it
is.  I also think and hope this will help other women involved or who want to be involved in other sports.

After competing at Senior Nationals on 7/15/11, I again recently competed at the Georgia Games weightlifting competition on 8/6/11, a week after Ramadan (fasting) started.  (I wrote more on that competition on my website:http://bit.ly/qoy3Yg and included some pictures and a video
of my lifts and wrote about fasting and training here: http://bit.ly/raQFOk/)

The next two competitions I am planning on competing at are the 2011 American Masters in Savannah, Georgia in November. And because I turned 35 this year, I can also compete in masters competitions and the 2011 American Open in December in Mobile, Alabama.  The 2010 American Open was the one I could not compete i last year initially because of the uniform issue.

Finally, I have been invited to a reception to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State.  Eid Al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday and is celebrated on the first day of Shaw’waal, at the completion of the Ramadan month of fasting.  This year Eid Al-fitr is estimated to be August 30th.   The reception will be Wednesday, September 7th at the Department of State building.  The invitation states, “This year, Secretary Clinton is very much looking forward to honoring the contributions of Muslim American athletes and their ability to inspire young people around the world.  Your presence at the event will provide an opportunity to honor your achievements as athletes and role models.”

Kulsoom Abdullah


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