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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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. WonderSpring

    Muslims are bringing some decency back to the West.

    July 3, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  2. Daniel

    I cheer inside every time I see a Muslim woman in our country who chooses to maintain her religious practice of modest dress in spite of widespread predjudice. I cheer for Amish and Mennonites. I cheer for nuns in habits, I cheer for Buddhist monks in robes. We live in a diverse society, with many religious traditions able to learn from each other. And I applaud the International Weightlifting Federation for allowing Muslim women – or others who may wish for their own reasons to dress modestly – the right to compete in such attire. Well done!

    July 3, 2011 at 4:00 am |
  3. justathought

    I don't understand what all this athletic competion is all about, when it's all over what has been proved that is of any lasting value? When it's all over it is forgotten by most people except a few fanatics and what do they matter?

    July 3, 2011 at 3:48 am |
    • Daniel

      It is a test of human ability – what we can achieve if we put our mind and heart and body to the task. All sport is about human potential. Or, in a religious context, a matter of learning what marvellous bodies our Creator has given us, and developing ourselves to honor this gift, and to His praise.

      July 3, 2011 at 4:02 am |
  4. justathought

    I'm sorry Hevensent, but you are not hevensent! You are a trouble maker! You just make arguments, and arguments are not hevensent. It is not even Biblical that when Christ returns that He will destroy all Islamics. I'm not going to look up the passage right now, but the apostle Paul taught that those who have not recivieved the truth,but live a good life are a law unto themselves and God takes tis into account. So, Hevensent, don't be so judgmental and recivieve the love of Jesus in your heart.

    July 3, 2011 at 3:27 am |
  5. sharky

    And Sharia continues to creep on. ""This rule modification has been considered in the spirit of fairness, equality and inclusion.""
    She chose not to include herself due to the uniform. EVERYONE was included already regarding the rules. She was not following IWF rules, she was following Islamic rules. Well done IWF you just gave preferential treatment based on religious rules when prior to this change it was fair, and equal.

    July 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  6. Sir Craig

    "This rule modification has been considered in the spirit of fairness, equality and inclusion."

    No, this modification shows how weak-willed your organization is. You catered to a special interest and allowed something that didn't need to be allowed. Thank goodness I have zero interest in weightlifting; my concern comes when fairy tales and beliefs in those fairy tales makes people do stupid things.

    July 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  7. WonderSpring

    @D, by doing it you are rejecting God and trusting yourself. That's atheism. Truth is objective and does not come with your personal preferences. Look at yourself and see how illogical your belief system is. God does not accept middle-ground. If you are not in Truth, you are in falsehoods. Satan always mix truth AND lies, just like you do.

    July 2, 2011 at 1:27 am |
  8. WonderSpring

    I hereby reject all previous statements about my love for Jesus, for I have seen the true light. It's called science, and I realized that my previous crusade against Atheists was wrong, and I relinquish all corrupt christian beliefs I previously had.

    July 2, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • WonderSpring

      The above is a fake. Usual lying practice by atheists.

      July 2, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • WonderSpring

      False WonderSpring, science means discovering what God made and applying His laws. The laws He has constructed, programmed, designed and sustaing are all about the universe. I don't crusade against atheists. I love atheists in Christ though your blasphemise are altogether de-spi-cable and loathsome. I'm simply telling you truth and facts. You hate Christianity only because it is the Truth.

      July 2, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  9. Wendilynn

    That is wonderful that she can now compete and stay true to her faith's modesty requirements.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  10. D

    Just because I'm not christian doesn't mean i'm an atheist. I believe in the same god as Abraham, Issac, and Jacob as you do (Judaism here). I just read the bible differently (I know, one of the verses says the bible is not open to person interpretation, but no-one sees EXACTLY eye-to-eye on everything)

    July 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • D

      That was meant to be a reply to Adelina/WonderSpring

      July 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • WonderSpring

      @D, by doing it you are rejecting God and trusting yourself. That's atheism. Truth is objective and does not come with your personal preferences. Look at yourself and see how illogical your belief system is. God does not accept middle-ground. If you are not in Truth, you are in falsehoods. Satan always mix truth AND lies, just like you do. He does it from malice, you do it from arrogance.

      July 2, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  11. Marie Kidman


    July 1, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  12. Sindhi

    Why take off cloths at all, is it what pervertness has come to watching athletes in games wear no cloths 😛 another kind of glamor sports.

    July 1, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  13. Husam-Uddin

    This is a good thing, Allah should be proud and pleased with us. We will soon insist that proper Islamic toilet facilities be installed in every gymnasium for use exclusively by Muslims in all venues where Muslims compete. We will also demand that segregated practice sessions be scheduled for all Muslim female competi-tors so that they may go about their practice with proper privacy from all men. Finally, because our athletes are competing for the honor of Allah, we feel that it is proper and appropriate to create Islamic prayer rooms in all facilities where Muslims practice or compete in athletic events.

    If these very reasonable demands are not satisfied we'll be happy to go to court and use the history and precedent of accommodations granted by the following: corporate enti-ties that have provided time and space for Islamic prayer; educational insti-tutions that have allowed private gym and pool time for women and Islamic toilets for Muslim medical staff in their hospitals; governmental bodies, such as in Michigan where public schools have been approved to be converted into mosques; and finally independent agencies like the International Weightlifting Federation who has provided appropriately for our athletes in this case.

    July 1, 2011 at 2:36 am |
    • Bun Bun

      Praise Allah, he is correct. We can also demand requirements that all female athletes conform to the Muslim standards as well. We can demand special laws that allow Muslim men to lightly beat our women without legal ramifications. We can have laws passed that allow us to murder our daughters for humiliating her family. We can uphold honor killings for Muslims only, and will allow us to also Murder non-Muslims because they are non-believers. We can also pass Sharia Law where the population of Muslims is more than non-Muslims, including districts and/or cities, no matter where in the world. We can demand laws that allow cutting off of hands, and beheadings for apostasy anywhere in the world. With Muslims inside the directorship of the Offices of Homeland Security, we will ensure that most people groped, er, searched will be non-Muslims. We will demand, that due to Muslim modesty and tradition, we are unable to be placed in the naked machine or being groped, or viewed by non-Muslims, and only our targets, I mean, non-Muslims are subject to invasive search procedures. Praise Allah. And though we can use the sword per the Quran, Praise be to Allah, we will use the very laws of the morally corrupt west against them, and they will NEVER see it coming.

      July 2, 2011 at 12:29 am |
    • Bun Bun

      I forgot to add this. We will continue to demand Islamic rights in the west, and special rules for Muslims in the west, and continue to deny non-Muslims equal rights in our countries. You cannot enter Mecca if you are not Muslim. Too bad. You cannot build churches, and Jews? Are you serious? Jews? Conform to our ways, in our countries, or stay out. Very simple. But we will not conform to your ways, in your countries, and we will continue to leave our countries for yours. But ours is still better, even though we all want to live in yours. After all, where else in the world can you beat your Asian housekeepers and have them beheaded if they strike back? Praise Allah.

      July 2, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Husam-Uddin

      The sword must be razor-sharp, and the carotid artery and trachea are cut in one quick motion. That way the animal.. oh, wait... you're talking about human beheadings. That's different.

      Just pick a spot and whack away.

      July 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  14. JW

    Somebody needs to convert this girl so she can wear a bikini

    June 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Abby Normal


      July 1, 2011 at 2:09 am |
    • WonderSpring

      Bikini is one of the reasons the West has no virgin girls left and men are air-headed there. Beware, Muslims.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  15. David Johnson

    I'm happy things turned out well for her.


    June 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  16. JW

    This is sad. I bet she looks good.

    June 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  17. HungryMan™

    She looks strong enough to make me a sammich!

    June 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  18. GSA

    @Reality – you serious? If you can't tell that is a woman then you have problems my friend. Honestly she would not do well in the compet-ition because most of the women that win this no matter what country they are from are usually pretty hefty and manly.

    June 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  19. Reality

    But is "she" a male or female? Tough to tell from the photo. Is gender testing required?

    June 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  20. True Friend

    People back in the Islamic lands need freedom of conscience, religious liberty, no matter what Muslims accomplish in the West.

    June 30, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • HeavenSent

      When Jesus returns he will rid the world of Islam and its followers.

      June 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Jesus

      When I return, I am going to punish the hell out of my followers. They have been very naughty while I've been away. HeavenSent is hell bent.

      June 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • WonderSpring

      When Jesus returns, blaspheming secular Americans will be in the worst trouble.

      July 1, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • Jesus

      I have a spot in the lake of fire for you, my True Friend Adelina WonderSpring. There's room for all of you.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:00 am |
    • D

      When jesus returns, we're all screwed! No but seriously, didn't he interact with sinners?

      He who is without sin cast the first stone, etc...

      July 1, 2011 at 3:55 am |
    • WonderSpring

      @J-, you are going to hell for misusing the name of Jesus. @D, not with those who blaspheme knowingly. Atheists always misapply the Scriptures and pretend to know something when totally missing the point. D, read the entire John chapter 8, not just 8:7. It has a lot of words for American atheists.

      July 1, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Jimbo

      @truefriend...... Yes Jesus did interact with sinners and He was rideculed for that. He did so in love to try to get them to see the error of their ways and to repent of their sins and follow Him. He still does the same thing to us. He uses people who will stand up for the word of God to help us see our need for a Savior. Good for this young lady though for being allowed to wear clothes to cover her body up.

      July 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Phony heavensent, some day you'll use your own voice.


      July 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
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