world : IOC urged to help overturn France's hijab ban

world : IOC urged to help overturn France's hijab ban
world : IOC urged to help overturn France's hijab ban

Wednesday 12 June 2024 11:47 PM

Nafeza 2 world - "Therefore, we call on the IOC, as Leader of the Olympic Movement, use your considerable leverage in advance of Paris 2024 to publicly call on French sporting authorities to overturn all bans on athletes wearing the hijab in France – at all levels of sport.

"This important step would ensure the Olympics and Paralympics leave a true legacy towards gender equality in France by ensuring all women and girls can have their right to non-discrimination respected and protected, and their right to participate in sports guaranteed."

The stance has been criticised by some international bodies, however, the ban carries considerable support in France.

"It is a complicated and very, very sensitive issue," Sebastien Maillard, an associate fellow at think tank Chatham House who has reported on French politics and society during his career, told the BBC recently.

"In the United Kingdom religion is displayed quite comfortably, whereas in Paris it is often seen as something more provocative."

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