Paris : Continuing condemnation of the ban on French players wearing the hijab in the 2024 Olympics

Paris : Continuing condemnation of the ban on French players wearing the hijab in the 2024 Olympics

Islamic and human rights figures and institutions denounced the French government’s decision to ban French Muslim female athletes from wearing the hijab in the 2024 Olympics, under the pretext of preserving the state’s secularism.

Arab, Islamic and international condemnation of France's decision to ban its female athletes from wearing the hijab in the 2024 Paris Olympics continues.

French Sports Minister Amelie Castera said, while participating in a program on France 3 on September 24, that the French position is very clear, which is to adhere to a secular system that is strictly applied in the field of sports.

She asked: “What does this mean? It simply means prohibiting any form of proselytization in all our sports missions, and absolute neutrality for public service.”

Paris will host the Summer Olympics between July 26 and August 11 next year.

Since the French Minister's speech, this ban has continued to be denounced and rejected, according to Arab and Western statements and tweets.

Islamic rejection

On October 2, the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation, a grouping that includes the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (57 countries), expressed its concern about the French decision.

The federation stressed, in a statement in English via its account on the “X” platform, that the decision “contradicts the values ​​of equality, inclusivity, and respect for cultural diversity that the Olympic Games represent.”

As for the International Olympic Committee itself, it said last September 29 that “Muslim female athletes can wear the hijab in the Sports Village at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games without any restrictions.”

This position of the International Committee was praised the next day by former Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani, adding in a tweet that “France’s delirium remains alone in the world.”

In the words of its spokeswoman, Marta Hurtado, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that “no one should dictate to women what they should or should not wear.”

Hurtado confirmed on September 26 that “these discriminatory practices can have harmful consequences.”

On the same day, in an indirect criticism of France’s position, the Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ali Al-Qaradaghi, said via a tweet, “Britain’s largest city has placed in its streets a sculpture of a woman wearing a hijab Reasonable people understand the fabric of their society and seek to respect the privacy of identity.” .

As for the Secretary-General of the Delegation of the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Bodies in the Moroccan city of Ceuta, Idris Al-Wahabi, he considered that such French decisions “are intended to provoke the feelings, values ​​and culture of the Muslim communities in general and Moroccans in particular,” indicating that Moroccans are the largest in number among Muslims in France. .

Al-Wahabi added, in an interview with the local Moroccan website "Hespress": "We completely reject these decisions, and we are working in coordination with the federation and Islamic bodies in France in order to oppose them."

A series of decisions

Muslims make up about 10% of France's population of 67 million, according to official estimates.

France's decision to ban its players from wearing the hijab is not the first of its kind in the country, as it was preceded by a history of decisions that Muslims in the country say aim to restrict them.

At the end of last August, French Education Minister Gabriel Attal decided to ban the wearing of the abaya in schools, claiming that it was “an Islamic costume that violates the rules and regulations of the state.”

This decision came among the ban decisions that have been issued since 2004, when a law was issued banning the wearing of religious symbols in public schools.

On September 7, the Council of State (the highest court) in France announced, through a statement, its support for the legality of the decision to ban the abaya in schools. Last June, it supported the Football Association’s decision to ban the wearing of the hijab in its competitions.

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The daytime temperature on the track is estimated to be around 40 degrees Celsius, while the temperature will decrease to 27 degrees at night.

Lusail Circuit

Lap distance: 5.419km

Total distance: 308.611km (57 laps)

2021 Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton (England) Mercedes One minute 20.827 seconds

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Fastest lap of the race: Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull 1:23.196

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Verstappen will become the first driver to win the title at next Saturday's race since Brazil's Nelson Piquet at the 1983 South African Grand Prix.

Verstappen is known to have won 13 of the 16 races. This achievement includes his streak of 10 consecutive wins which ended in Singapore last month.

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