Sports Hijabs Help Muslim Women to Olympic Success

The Guardian’s Homa Khaleeli reports on the growing acceptance of women wearing hijabs, Muslim head coverings, while competing in sporting events. Khaleeli cites the decision earlier this month by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, to overturn a ban on women covering their heads during competition. Dr. Emma Tarlo, who teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths University of London, supports the decision to allow female athletes to wear hijabs. “I have done research that shows that women have been put off sport because of clothing,” explains Tarlo.

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