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In eastern Iraq, a small town builds weightlifting champions

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SHAFAQNA - Arabian Business :A 1993 weightlifting training centre is keeping the competitive sport alive some 200 km east of Baghdad.  While some towns in Iraq are known for producing oil or textiles, Badra boasts its own special conveyer…

Two Muslim women won the bronze medal in the 57kg class of taekwondo competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympics

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SHAFAQNA- Two muslim women win bronze medal of the same class of taekwondo competitions at the Rio Olympics. Iran's Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin has won the bronze medal in the 57kg class of taekwondo competitions, becoming the first Iranian…

Lebanese Olympic Delegation Refuses to Share Bus with Israeli Team

SHAFAQNA- The Lebanese national delegation to the Rio Olympics prevented Israeli team from sharing a bus on the way to the opening ceremony on Friday. Israeli media quoted the sailing coach of the Israeli team Udi Gal as saying that when the…

Apology to star in hijab request

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…

Muslim woman athlete on track to make U.S. Olympic history with hijab

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SHAFAQNA- By Jareen Imam and Keith Allen CNN She hasn't earned an Olympic medal just yet, but fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is already making history. The 30-year-old Maplewood, New Jersey, native will be the first U.S. athlete to compete in…