Gold medal for Turkish athletes in Taekwondo Championships

We are never done celebrating Muslimah athletes at altM. Let’s be honest with ourselves, how often are young Muslim girls encouraged to “go out and play!” Ages 3-10, maybe… But sooner or later, many (not all!) parents drag their girls inside for any of the following reasons:

  • You should study/read instead
  • Don’t play with the neighborhood boys
  • You’ll get a tan/dark (by far, the worst!)
  • Can’t dress like the other athletes

Ultimately, hearing this can break a girl’s will to kick around a soccer ball/shoot some hoops/learn karate/play kickball down the street. That’s why we need inspiration from all corners of the world: Muslim women in all sports and games, not just participating but making headlines. Whether you’re a sports junkie or not, learn the names of these women and spread them to encourage Muslim girls to get out and play!


Kubra Dagli


“On the first day of the competition, Turkey’s Kübra Dağlı and Emirhan Muran bagged the gold medals in Poomsae team under 18 category, while Mevlüt Pekcan and Olgun Kahveci won the gold for the category over 30.

Elif Aybüke Yılmaz also won the most valuable player award in the female category after claiming gold in the individual female’s under 30 division.

A total of 55 countries and 760 athletes took part in this year’s Championships – a record for the event – with the Republic of Korea topping the medals table while Turkey following the lead as second, the World Taekwondo Federation said.”

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