Race officials told the teen that she needed to have a written waiver in order to compete, even though she’d never been asked for one before.
By Rowaida Abdelaziz, HuffPost US
Noor Alexandria Abukaram had just finished her greatest race to date at a 5K run at her local district meet on Saturday. It was her personal best time: 22 minutes and 22 seconds.
But when the 16-year-old got to the finish line, she noticed her name and time were not listed. When Abukaram asked why, officials said her hijab violated the uniform policy and that she had been disqualified. Her personal best time didn’t even count.
The Sylvania Northview High School cross-country runner had competed in previous meets with no problems until Saturday’s Division 1 Northwest District cross-country meet in eastern Ohio.
“At first it was just so humiliating and then was huge disbelief,” Abukaram told HuffPost. “This has never happened to me.”