Heena Sidhu pulls out of shooting championship in Iran due to compulsory hijab rule

Former world number one Heena Sidhu said that forcing athletes to wear a hijab is against the spirit of a sport.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 29, 2016 6:57 pm
heena sidhu, heena sidhu shooting, iran hijab rules, iran shooting championship, asian airgun shooting championship, iran heena sidhu, sports news The two-time Olympian had written to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) about her decision of withdrawing from the competition. (Source : File)

Indian pistol shooter Heena Sidhu has pulled out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran due to the compulsory hijab rule for all women athletes.

The former world number one thinks that forcing athletes to wear a hijab is against the spirit of a sport.

“Sport is an exhibition of sheer Human Effort Performance. Our ability to dig deep for Strength, Will Power and Determination.

“This is d reason I compete n I cannot compete for anything lesser than this. But I wud also not have my personal opinion politicised,” Sidhu wrote on her twitter handle.

The championship is scheduled be held in Iran’s capital Tehran in December.

The two-time Olympian had written to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) about her decision of withdrawing from the competition.

“I thank the NRAI for respecting my views n I wud also like 2wish luck 2 r team competing in Iran. Lets concentrate on competition dan hijab.”

She further said, “Im proud 2 b sportsperson coz ppl from diff cultures, backgrouds, sexes, ideologies, religion can cum 2gether n compete without biases.

“Im not a revolutionary. But I feel dat making it mandatory for even a sportsperson to wear hijab is not in the spirit of a Sport.

“There have been reports abt me skipping the Asian air weapon competition in Iran due to their practice of making women wear hijab.”

Heena finished 14th after getting eliminated in the qualification round of 10m women’s air pistol in Rio Olympics in August. She had earlier won a gold at the 2013 World Cup as well as the Asia Rio 2016 Olympics qualifiers to claim her Rio Games berth.

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  1. T
    Feb 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    gud DAT she did so...Everybody shud b allowed to follow their own faith without making excuses to attack the weak...When no hijab in entrance tests was a news I heard many non Muslims say if someone doesn't wear hijab for a day it won't make them less of a Muslim. But this must hv explained to them ... given a taste of their own medicine ....let secularism prevail n no bigotry
    1. T
      Jan 26, 2017 at 8:07 pm
      10 points to Heena from another shooter.
      1. H
        Hari Om
        Oct 30, 2016 at 5:11 am
        I congratulate Heena Sidhu for her principled stand of not giving in to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Mohammadden supremacist behavior of imposing Mohammadden dress code on Non-Mohammaddens.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Shameful that the National Rifle ociation of India is not boycotting Asian Air Gun Shooting Championship in Iran imposing Mohammadden dress code on Non-Mohammaddens and instead condemnable leaving it to individual sportsperson to carry the burden of fighting this obnoxious imposition.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Congratulations once again to Heena Sidhu!
        1. A
          Oct 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm
          How dare Iran forced their religious beliefs on residents belonging to other nations and religions ? Does Iran want to islamize the w world on the edge of their sword just like Mahmud Ghaznavi or Muhammod Ghori or Alauddin Khilji or Jalauddin Akbar or Muhammod Aurangzeb ?
          1. A
            Oct 29, 2016 at 7:01 pm
            If our Govt forced foreign citizens and every muslims residing in India to wear saffron outfits and to draw tilak on their foreheads then every India media houses will start foul crying by citing that incident as a henious example of communalism but when an islamic nation can force foreign citizens irrespective of their caste creed and religion to wear hijab and burkha as per islamic shariyati law then that will instantly became a perfect example of secularism, peace and hermony for the Indian medias. Shame on the DALALS of ISLAM
            1. B
              Biswajit Khandai
              Oct 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm
              When India hosts any compeion, they should force Iranians to wear tilak (men) and bindi (women).
              1. K
                Oct 30, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                Challenge these medieval regimes by following Heena Sidhu's path.
                1. M
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                  courageous decision. It is no culture vulture. It is sheer religious biogotry of some countries to force dress codes on citizens of other countries.
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