Asian games: the hijab in sport? No problem, says Malaysian sepak takraw player – Sports
Nurni Sulaiman (The Jakarta Post)
Palembang, South Sumatra ●
Mon 20 Aug 2018
Siti Noor Suhaida Jafri of Malaysia, who is in Indonesia to play for her country’s sepak takraw team at the Asian Games, said she doesn’t care too much about having to watch Idul Adha, also known as Day of sacrifice, far from his family.
“I am here too to fight for my country, alongside my teammates and other athletes as well. I will be celebrating Idul Adha away from my family this year, ”Suhaida, who wears a hijab, told the Jakarta Post on Monday.
She went on to say that she and other members of the team had planned to perform their Idul Adha prayers in Palembang, South Sumatra.
When asked if wearing the hijab caused her any discomfort on the pitch, Suhaida explained that Muslim headwear does not put her at a disadvantage.
“I have always been able to deliver my greatest skills as an athlete in my particular outfit. I like to wear the hijab, ”she said.
Malaysia is one of the biggest names in sepak takraw. Suhaida’s team won silver at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur last year and bronze at the previous SEA Games in Singapore.