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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Sprint-queen Ruqaya excels on the field in Hijab

Bahrain's sprinter Ruqaya Al-Ghasara was in the news recently after she won gold medal in 200 m race at the ongoing Doha Asiad in Qatar.

She also won the bronze in 100 m race. She wore a full dress with only face and hands visible. As a result, she got lot of attention in the media. 

Al-Ghasara said that hijab doesn't hold her back, rather it helps her in movement. She feels that the traditional attire [full length suit and head scarf] makes her confident.

Surely, her performance will encourage many Muslims girls towards sports. Interestingly, a section has begun questioning why Sania Mirza can't wear hijab and be a world-beater.

And that I don't agree with. It's a matter of personal choice. Isn't it! If the sportswomen feel that Hijab is no obstruction, then it's fine. But its nobody's business to impose it on sportswomen.