With the Rio Olympics, well underway, we can’t help but notice all the Muslim athletes doing us proud, breaking athletic records and gaining lots of positive attention.
With Muslim men and women from all over the world representing, there is a sense of swelling pride coming over us here at Ummahsonic towers – we have cheered and cried and it’s not even over yet!
When it comes to Muslim athletes at the Olympics this year so far, there are more than a few moments that stand out. Here are three of our favourites.
1. Fiercely over the net
The moment 19-year-old Egyptian athlete Doaa Elghobashy challenged Germany’s Kira Walkenhorst in Beach Volleyball. Showing the world that Muslim women can do everything and symbolising the mix of cultures and traditions the Olympics bring together.
2. Fencing to famous
The moment American Muslim fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history as the first American athlete to compete in a hijab. Ibtihaj has been gaining a lot of attention in recent months and has since rose to the headlines after officially competing and winning in Rio.
3. Swimming hero
This is the stuff that fairytales are made of. Yusra Mardini fled her hometown of Damascus with her family after they lost their home and livelihoods. She was a promising swimmer who represented Syria in international championships. Her dangerous journey to Europe led her to saving the lives of 20 refugees after their boat came into trouble in the middle of the sea. Now 18-year-old Yusra is part of Team Refugees and is competing in Rio, gaining worldwide support and winning a few races while she’s at it. Her butterfly race was absolutely mesmerising!
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