5/14/2007 7:21pm, #1
Taekwondo championship to allow hijab
By Randall Palmer
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Muslim hijab, banned at a taekwondo tournament in Quebec last month, will be allowed at the 2007 World Championship in Quebec City later this month, the International Taekwon-Do Federation announced on Friday.
The decision by a Quebec federation last month to bar a team of Muslim girls from taking part with their hijabs at the regional tournament had prompted protests of discrimination, but Quebec federation officials said it was a matter of safety.
That group was affiliated with the World Taekwondo Federation, a rival group to the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), which said on Friday it would temporarily allow the head scarves at its May 31-June 3 championship.
"It intends to adopt a final position when all aspects of the question have been given due consideration," ITF President Tran Trieu Quan stated.
He said a committee would examine all facets of wearing religious symbols during competition.
In March, a Quebec referee ordered a girl in a soccer tournament to remove her hijab, stirring a debate in Canada on what allowances should be made for religious and ethnic minorities.
5/14/2007 7:46pm, #2
You beat me, though I posted purposely for Front Page formatting.
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5/14/2007 8:26pm, #3Originally Posted by PizDoff
I'd +rep you if I could.
5/18/2007 5:12pm, #4
Well, I'm glad that the hijab-wearers will be able to compete. I think that's more important than the letter of existing regulations which say nothing can be worn besides for the foam head protector which doesn't do much.Best Vietnam War music video I've ever seen put together by a vet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDY8raKsdfg