Athlete disqualified over uniform

From the New York Times:

A high school track star has been disqualified from a meet because officials said the custom-made outfit she wears to conform to her Muslim faith violated competition rules.

The high school senior wears a one-piece unitard underneath her team uniform.

Rogers said that he knew Kelly was wearing the uniform for religious reasons and that he offered her several options to conform to the rules while still respecting her faith, including placing a plain T-shirt over her unitard and then wearing her team uniform over it.

Kelly’s mother, Sarah, and Roosevelt Coach Tony Bowden disputed that account. They said officials made several demands of her daughter before officials made the decision.

”First, they said she had to take her hood off,” Sarah Kelly said. ”Then, they said she can’t have anything with logos displayed. Then, they said she had to turn it inside out. When I told them that there weren’t any logos on it, they said she had to put a plain white T-shirt on over it.”

Freedom of religion seems to mean “of specific sanctioned religions.” Not those other religions.

2 thoughts on “Athlete disqualified over uniform

  1. …I don’t understand how it violates competition rules. Surely wearing more layers is actually an impediment to most sporting activities?

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