Apology to star in hijab request

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SHAFAQNA- A South by Southwest film festival volunteer has been sacked and organisers have apologised after an US Olympic fencing star was asked to remove her headscarf in order to obtain a pass.

Registration official Amin Simms said it was “an insensitive request” and against the festival’s policy to ask Ibtihaj Muhammad to remove her hijab at the event in Austin, Texas.

Sabre fencer Ms Muhammad, 30, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ms Simms said festival organisers were embarrassed by the situation and apologised to Ms Muhammad.

The fencer will be competing for the US at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

South by Southwest is a major festival of film, interactive media, and music.

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