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Pity for Muslim Women Athletes

August 19, 2004

Re "Hurdles Are Their Best Event," Aug. 18: I try to be open-minded and tolerant, but the story makes it hard. No one chooses what religion to be born into and so we should be forgiving, but holy cow!

Hassiba Boulmerka being unable to go home to Algeria because she ran "with naked legs" in the 1992 Olympics is a scandal. The Muslim women who train for their athletic calling in full-body coverings are simultaneously laughable and women to cry for.

David Kase

Palos Verdes Estates

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