The Hijab in Sports: Breaking Barriers and Promoting Inclusion
The hijab has become a rage on the sports field, with a number of sports organizations and leagues allowing its players to wear it. There have also been cases of discrimination and exclusion against people who are not allowed to wear it. But what exactly is the role of the hijab in sports? This article outlines the various aspects of the hijab in sports and its impact on the sporting world.
Racism and discrimination
If you're a Muslim athlete or spectator, you probably know that wearing a hijab (niqab) in sports can be dangerous. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Central Florida found 52 racist acts in sports last year. However, it's not just Muslims that are facing discrimination.
According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, complaints about religion have been on the rise since 2001. The ban on hijabs in sports is seen by many as an attempt to erase Muslim women.
Regardless of whether a ban on wearing a hijab in sports is justified, the impact could be devastating. Having a hijab while playing sports is a dehumanizing practice that can undermine women's agency.
Ahead of France's hosting of the Olympic Games in two years, lawmakers have pushed for a law that would prohibit wearing the headscarf in competitive sports. Although the law won't go into effect for several years, the move has stirred controversy.
A recent study in Germany found that women who wear a headscarf experience more discrimination than those who don't. This is particularly true when it comes to the labor market. Among the findings, women who come from Turkish backgrounds are less likely to get an interview than women who are native Germans.
While there is no specific evidence of any increased rates of discrimination based on gender, skin color, or sexuality, the study shows that wearing a head scarf can make a big difference in a discriminatory context. It's important to remember that, although racism is a serious issue, it doesn't mean that you should stop participating in your chosen sport.
Having a zero-tolerance policy for racial discrimination is a good idea. Make sure that all staff members, coaches, and players know the rules. Additionally, you can provide diversity training for your team. You can also display equity statements, and offer anti-homophobia campaigns.
Ultimately, it's your job to show support for athletes of all shapes and sizes. You can do this by encouraging them to speak up and by supporting those who do.
FIBA's delay in voting on a hijab ban
Amid a global campaign to end gendered Islamophobia, the international governing body for basketball, FIBA, has been holding up its decision on whether to lift its ban on Muslim women wearing headscarves. The governing body's policy has been in place for many years, but is now coming under scrutiny from athletes, politicians, and human rights advocates.
Since its initiation, FIBA's headgear policy has been challenged several times. In 2014, the United States' Olympic Committee joined the movement to have the rule changed. One of the first athletes to challenge the rule was former U.S. college star Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. She has played for about a decade, but has been restricted directly by the FIBA rule.
Abdul-Qaadir says that the policy has been a detriment to her basketball career, and has caused her to put it on hold. After her story came to light, the United States Olympic Committee contacted FIBA and pressured it to make changes. It was also reported that an Iranian footballer claimed she had been banned from playing after not wearing a hijab.
American-Muslim basketball player Indira Kajlo helped to push for the change. Her campaign included an online petition, and she worked with women in Sweden and Turkey. Although she was not able to sign for a professional team because of her hijab, she has continued to work with young girls and women in sports and in India.
While FIBA's anti-hijab policy has been a source of controversy, it has been a necessary safety measure. Many athletes have been prevented from playing because they cover for religious reasons. However, there is no evidence that wearing a head scarf during a game can be harmful.
Despite the criticism, FIBA continues to defend the rule. The organization has said that it does not believe the rule is discriminatory, but has not made a final decision on whether to change it.
However, the organization has announced that it will begin a two-year testing phase before making a final decision. This means that Muslim women have more time to wait for their equality.
Under Armour Sport Hijab
The Under Armour Sport Hijab is a new athletic hijab for Muslim women. It is a light polyester athletic hijab designed to fit the body of a woman. This new item from Nike is a bold move to include more Muslim athletes in sport, and to send a message of inclusivity.
Nike has been doing business in the Muslim world for many years. They are not the first to produce athletic gear for Muslim women, but they are a big step in the right direction.
Last year, they introduced the Pro Hijab, which acknowledges the value of Muslim women as athletes. The athletic hijab is a simple, light polyester hijab, which is available in a variety of colors.
The UA Pro Hijab is a great move in the right direction, as it not only acknowledges the value of Muslim women as athletes, but it also helps them perform better. This new athletic hjiab is the first athletic hijab made by a major sports apparel company for a Muslim woman.
But there's more to it than that. Athletes today face difficult challenges on and off the court. Besides the Pro Hijab, Nike has introduced a number of new product offerings for women, including a line of temperature controlling apparel.
In addition, Under Armor and NC State are launching a partnership that will help the two institutions commercialize research and support student development. The collaboration will be an important part of Under Armor's efforts to promote inclusion and equity, and will foster material and textile innovation.
Another example of the brand's commitment to breaking down barriers to athletics is its UA Next platform, which is intended to educate young athletes and encourage them to play sports. One of the brand's ambassadors, Saman Munir, is a certified personal trainer in Toronto. She has spent several years working out with a hjiab that wasn't intended for exercise, but is a great example of how Under Armor helped her develop an athletic hjiab.
Whether it's breaking down the barriers on the basketball court, protecting their teammates' health, or developing underrepresented talent, Under Armor is leading the way in creating opportunities for millions of young people to participate in sports.
Situations of exclusion
For a number of years, scholars have been concerned with the exclusion of Muslim women from sports. In the United States, for instance, there are numerous cases of sexism in sport, including incidents where female athletes are questioned about their religious beliefs. Similarly, in Iran, the state has used a number of elite women athletes to promote the hijab.
The recent decision by the French Senate to ban headscarves in sports has reignited controversy around this issue. Athletes, politicians, and women's rights activists have all voiced their opposition. This amendment could prevent young girls and boys from choosing competitive sports. It also violates secularism and goes against the principle of neutrality on sports fields.
Despite a trial period, FIBA has yet to make a final decision. Until then, it has deferred the matter to its Technical and Legal Commissions. However, it is expected to come up with a decision later this month.
Sports federations have resorted to making rules that are unjustified in order to justify their decisions. Specifically, the FIBA has tried to justify a ban on hijab on the basketball court. They claim that the headscarf symbolizes Islamic radicalism and patriarchy.
However, the Islamic head scarf is not a health risk. In fact, unbound hair is much more likely to cause injury. Moreover, many athletes choose to wear the headscarf for personal or spiritual reasons.
Female athletes often advocate for social justice and have risen up to challenge the hijab ban. Some players even took to social media to raise awareness about the problem. These events have sparked a movement called les hijabeuses.
Asma Elbadawi, a Sudanese-British soccer player, is one of the athletes who have taken on the issue. She is a member of the IOC Olympic Refugee Team and represented them at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Her team, however, backed out of the tournament in protest.
In light of the growing concerns about the proposed law, the Muslim Women in Sport campaign encourages social media users to share their thoughts and opinions about this issue. Share their short clips and join the campaign.