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Malaysian Gymnastics Federation Wants Muslim Gymnasts To Be Allowed To Wear Ethical Attire

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni Themalaysianinsider  reported that the Malaysian gymnastics federation aims on introducing a proposal to the F...

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
Themalaysianinsider reported that the Malaysian gymnastics federation aims on introducing a proposal to the FIG where female Muslim gymnasts are allowed to wear, what they called, 'ethical' attire.

A. Razak Mat Amin, the president of the Malaysian gymnastics federation, said that the harsh comments national gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Had received for her attire following her successful performance at SEA games, is the reason behind their proposal.

He added that a proposal to allow Muslim gymnasts to wear tights had been made earlier, but there was no response from the FIG.

"We will continue to discuss this matter internally and bring it up to the authorities in the near future," he told Bernama today.

After winning medal in every single gymnastic event at SEA games, Abdul Had got slammed by religious extremist Muslims on Facebook for wearing the common attire, gymnasts wear during competitions which is against the Islamic teaching. Nevertheless, she received tons of support from her home country including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin of Malaysia who tweeted "In gymnastics Farah wowed the judges and brought home gold. In her deeds only the Almighty judges her. Not you. Leave our athletes alone."

Abdul Had hit back at her critics tweeting " Empty cans make the most noise". 

Iraqi gymnast Fatimah Saadi Al-Tameemi of Iraq wore a conservative leotard at Youth Olympic games, last year.

Written by Gigi Farid

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