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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Hijab in blind judo? Athletes’ safety comes first

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  12:49 am

Allow me to start this piece by extending my profound respect to all athletes with different abilities including participants of the ongoing Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta.

As a hijab-wearing woman who exercises regularly and cycles, I wear a special sports hijab when exercising.

I carefully pick certain cloths for my headscarves because as a sports journalist my job requires me to move freely and safely.

So, when a passionate young judoka, Miftahul Husna, wore a regular hijab to compete in a physical sport like blind judo — even when she knew the International Judo Federation (IJF) does not allow the covering of heads in the arena — safety was the only issue that popped into my mind. Nothing else.

Miftah, 21, was disqualified on Tuesday from competing in the women’s 52 kilogram low vision category at the Asian Para Games for refusing to take off her ...