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'The Hijab Fell From Her Head, We Could See Her Desperation'

'The Hijab Fell From Her Head, We Could See Her Desperation'

We missed it when it happened exactly a week back, but it was one of those rare, truly poignant, moments that make sport what it is and brings out the best in us.

The scene: Women's Asian Games Kabaddi final match between India and Iran on October 3

The women on the Iranian side were covered from head to toe, in hijab, with full length sleeves.

covered from head to toe with full length sleeves

In contrast to games in which hijabs are banned, officials in kabaddi take great care to ensure the faith and customs of the athletes are respected.

It so happened that when one of the Iranian raiders was in the Indian half, her hijab got displaced.

While the gold medal was at stake, the Indian players, empathising with her situation, instinctively. immediately surrounded her, covered her face and helped her put her headscarf back on.

India eventually went on to win the gold.

The Indian Express reports the captain of the Indian team, Tejaswini, as saying:

“We need to respect their religious sentiments. When the hijab fell from her head, we could see her desperation. So it was natural for us to help her.”

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