Saturday, August 26, 2006

UK - "Muslims 'face barriers' over sport "

Shouldn't the BBC's headline read "Muslims face self-imposed barriers over sport"?

Eighteen-year-old Raheema from Tower Hamlets in east London explains how she only plays badminton in her backyard, away from prying eyes.

She is not encouraged to do any sport by her family who would rather see her in the kitchen or sewing. She last did sport regularly at school as it was compulsory then.

The last time she went swimming was six years ago when she was 12 years old and before she hit puberty. Raheema says this is because no Muslim girl can wear a revealing swimming costume.

Seventeen-year-old Asha on the other hand, another Muslim girl from east London, is a sport enthusiast.

She loves playing football and has been playing for the past seven years and has the trophies to prove it.

But she knows her days playing the game are numbered. Her mother, father and eldest brother are against her playing.

She says they will probably stop her from playing next year when she is 18. She will be a woman then and have to take on responsibilities.

What a thoroughly modern religion Islam is. Even when their adults, Muslim women still can't make decisions for themselves. That chirping you hear is the women's rights movement.

Meanwhile, Sport England is working to try to get more Muslim women doing sport.

And how are they doing that?

It is funding projects which target these groups and put on exclusive women-only activities which allow women wearing the full hijab and covered up to still take part.

The pole vault should be interesting.

More special treatment and appeasement for Muslims even though they just told you Muslims think sports are a waste of time and women have better things to do. How is this helping Muslims integrate into British society?

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