Muslim weightlifter competes in full-body unitard

Published: July 16, 2011

Kulsoom Abdullah competed in the women's senior weightlifting division, in the 48kg and 53kg weight classes. PHOTO: FILE

Kulsoom Abdullah has become the first woman to compete in the US weightlifting championships while wearing clothing that covers her legs, arms and head.

Kulsoom was cleared to compete in accordance with her Muslim faith after the International Weightlifting Federation ruled that athletes could wear a full-body unitard under the customary weightlifting uniform.

Thirty five year old Kulsoom, born in the US to Pakistani parents, competed in the women’s senior weightlifting division, in the 48kg and 53kg weight classes.

She finished fifth out of six competitors in her weight class after clearing a snatch of 41 kilograms and 57 kilograms in the clean and jerk.

Kulsoom will compete in the 2011 National Weightlifting Championships in Council Bluffs, her first national competition since the sport’s international regulators revised its rules.


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Reader Comments (11)

  • lol
    Jul 16, 2011 - 9:16PM



  • Sudhir
    Jul 16, 2011 - 9:18PM

    what a great news but she was without burka


  • Ali
    Jul 17, 2011 - 2:51AM

    Well done sister!


  • noor
    Jul 17, 2011 - 12:04PM

    So isn’t the concept not to expose the form of the lady. yet she wears a skin tight unitard and that’s cool.. warped reasoning for sure


  • Sam
    Jul 18, 2011 - 10:37AM


    true but then again half of us dont cover our heads.. wear skinny/low rise jeans, tights, jeggings whatevers in fashion… lets not judge….

    hope she does well!


  • Khalid Ahmed
    Jul 18, 2011 - 3:02PM

    SubhanAllah. this is a victory for Islam! Go muslim sister!


  • Naveed
    Jul 18, 2011 - 3:37PM

    weightlifters are not Muslims…. they are just sportsmen…. what kind of journalism is this ??..


  • Sam
    Jul 18, 2011 - 4:40PM

    @Khalid Ahmed:

    pls dont bring religion into the equation.. im a muslims and i want my religion to be glorified more than anythign else. but this is an unrelated topic.. her achievements ahve nothign to do with religion…


  • Cautious
    Jul 18, 2011 - 9:48PM

    She entered a competition and came in next to last place — but someone thought it was newsworthy because she was a Muslim and wore a body stocking under the standard dress attire worn by everyone else — that about sum it up? @Sam — agree her achievements have nothing to do with religion — but the article has everything to do with religion.


  • Hmmm
    Jul 19, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Wish we had better journalism?


  • Karachivi
    Jul 19, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Did this happen in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA?


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