When Ruqaya Al Ghasara won the women’s 200m final at the recent Asian Games in Doha, she became the first Bahraini born athlete to win a major international athletics gold medal.
2004 - She became the first Muslim woman from an Arabian country to compete at the Olympic Games.
2005 - She was the first woman to ever win a race at the West Asian Games, when the Doha-hosted competition allowed female competitors for the first time ever.
But her most treasured first of all came in December last year, when she returned to the Qatari capital for the Asian Games and won the women’s 200m final, with the best time of 23.02 (-0.8m/s), placing her in the world’s top 60 and nicely poised to make a serious assault on the world scene in this coming year.
The 24-year-old, who also won bronze in the 100m, became one of the icons of the four-yearly multi-sport spectacular, both for her achievements on the track but also for her choice of clothing.
She was asked ‘What is it?’,
‘Why are you wearing it?’
“It’s not just a matter of wearing a piece of cloth. There is something very special about wearing the hijab. It gives me strength. I feel lots of support from society because I am wearing the Islamic hijab. There is a relationship between the hijab and the heart.”
“I have a great desire to show that there are no problems with wearing these clothes.Wearing a veil proves that Muslim women face no obstacle and encourage them to compete in sports”
So let's hope for more muslim women to unleash their talents in sports.
aRen't We ProuD To Be MuSlimS?
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