Disputes over what female Muslim athletes can wear have arisen in soccer, swimming, track, gymnastics and, most recently, weightlifting, putting the athletes in the difficult situation of having to choose between their religion and their sport. But today, a compromise was reached in weightlifting.

The International Weightlifting Federation announced from Malaysia that it would modify the rules for athletic attire to allow athletes to wear a “one piece full body tight fitted ‘unitard’ under the compulsory weightlifting costume.”

This decision comes after Muslim weightlifter Kulsoom Abdullah, from Atlanta, was on the brink of qualifying for the American Open tournament last year when she was eliminated for wearing her hijab. She was told it could be dangerous and potentially give her an unfair advantage as judges might not be able to tell if her arms were locked.

The hijab complies with her religious beliefs that she must be completely covered, with the exception of her face, hands and feet. Abdullah, 35, would not compete without it.

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