Weightlifting body changes dress code, benefits Muslim woman
Kulsoom Abdullah covers her body except for her hands and face.
June 30th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

Weightlifting body changes dress code, benefits Muslim woman

By the CNN Wire Staff

Atlanta (CNN) - The International Weightlifting Federation has modified its rules and will allow athletes to wear a full-body, tight-fitted unitard during competition, the group said.

Wednesday's rule change was prompted by an Atlanta woman, who wanted to take part in competitions governed by IWF rules but still adhere to the modest dress of her Muslim faith.

"Weightlifting is an Olympic Sport open for all athletes to participate without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin in accordance with the principles of the Olympic Charter and values," Tamas Ajan, IWF president, said Wednesday. "This rule modification has been considered in the spirit of fairness, equality and inclusion."

Before the change, the IWF's technical and competition rules said weightlifting outfits - officially called "costumes" - had to be collarless and not cover the elbows or knees.

Read the full story here about the change in dress code by the International Weightlifting Federation
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  1. David Boullata

    It's great to see this because as we prepare for another Olympics, the city of the 1976 Olympics, Montreal is embroiled in divisive religious battle. It's called Charter of Quebec values, and they're certainly not my values.

    It's a charter that would see the banning of any and all religious symbols and clothing from the public sector. If this charter is passed it will put Quebec back about 200 years.

    Read this editorial:

    Facebook Page:

    And has made it into the US News:

    Will CNN be covering this?

    September 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  2. breast massager

    I'm the seond time to come religion.blogs.cnn.com and just saying hello. I really like this great site.

    religion.blogs.cnn.com alwasy has fantasy idea. Great web.

    August 29, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  3. bologna

    I think this is outragous. I can't believe they would changes the rules over this. It's bologna....ridiculous

    July 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  4. Top 20 Lists

    I think this is insane that muslim women came into weight lifting. muslim women are very soft and they are not bron for this purpose so please focus on your real target which assigned you by Allah

    July 16, 2011 at 5:40 am |
    • RB

      Apparently YOUR real target - assigned to you by Allah - did not include learning the basics of English grammar, spelling or punctuation. That is a shame, because it undermines your credibility. That being said, I respectfully disagree with your point. God gives different gifts to different people, and I think it is great that the IWF chose to take a level-headed and fair approach to a woman's polite request that it consider amending the clothing requirements in a way that preserved the reason for the rule, but allowed people of all faiths to participate.

      July 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Unbeliever

      I think it would be great if everyone realized that all Gods are imaginary. Then this would not even be an issue. Both the Koran and the Bible are very hateful books that teach bigotry and violence. It is time that humanity grew up and learned that these fairy tales are just that. Women should be treated as equals, not property as the OT and the Koran teach.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  5. John


    July 7, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  6. chris

    Another example of a minority causing an organization to modify their rules. Im a minority and I dont like to pay my rent. My religion sais that landlords are evil and I dont have to pay.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  7. TB

    Clean and jerk it Muslim lady!

    July 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  8. Justina

    My pie reeks of Red sea fish.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:16 am |
  9. Texasboy

    What a waste of cyberspace. Stop blabbing about Jesus and all the things he did/said/didn't say/wouldn't do and let the woman wear what she wants when she exercises in public.
    Unless I'm mistaken, the man referred to as Jesus was all about love and tolerance. The whole lake-of-fire, hell-fire-and-damnation thing is mostly crap which was dreamed up by people who teach by intimidation and fee threatened by those who disagree with their beliefs.

    July 3, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Odessa

      Texasboy, you are wrong. Another American illiterate on Jesus. Read the Bible before you imagine up a false Jesus. Present Westerners are too hedonistic to recall real Jesus. He is holy. The pagans know about Him better than you do.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:50 am |
    • grizzlycouch

      "mosty crap" – its either total crap or true

      July 24, 2011 at 6:00 am |
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