High school runner disqualified because of Muslim clothing

Jan. 16, 2008
Track meet officials say girl's outfit violated rules

Juashaunna Kelly, a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C., who has the fastest mile and two-mile times of any girls' runner in the District this winter, was disqualified from a track and field meet last week after officials said her Muslim clothing violated national competition rules. Kelly was wearing the same uniform she has worn for the past three seasons: a custom-made, one-piece blue and orange unitard that covers her head, arms, torso and legs. The outfit allows her to compete while complying with her Muslim faith, which forbids displaying any skin other than her face and hands. Meet officials contended that Kelly's uniform violated rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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