Noor Abukaram Biography, Wiki
Noor Abukaram is from Ohio. She is a Country runner of high school Level. She was disqualified from a recent race for wearing a hijab.
— Sophia Perricone NBC 24 (@SophiaWNWO) October 24, 2019
Noor Abukaram Age
She was born in 2003 and she is a 16 years old.
Noor Abukaram Disqualified for Wearing Hijab
A high school cross-country runner was disqualified from a district meet despite running her fastest race of the season – because she was wearing a hijab.https://t.co/U6hBhGi6Gl pic.twitter.com/xoN9PCnpcM
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High school student Noor Abukaram told the local WTOL television station that she was informed after her most recent meeting that she had been disqualified for wearing the hijab. The young woman in high school and proudly wears her Nike sports hijab when she runs for Sylvania Northview
Abukaram told the Toledo television station that wearing his Nike sports hijab had not been a problem in the last three years, but during a uniform check in advance, he saw the officials having an argument, which he assumed was about the garment.
Instead, they told their teammate that she had to change her shorts. Noor said authorities said nothing about the hijab.
However, after crossing the finish line, Noor did not see his name on the board.
“And they said, ‘They disqualified you,’ and I said, ‘Why?’ and they said: ‘For wearing your hijab,’ “he said.
“And, like, my heart fell. I felt something horrible happened to me, something I always thought might happen, but it never happened,” he continued. “I think I was embarrassed because I didn’t expect that to happen.”
Toledo Blade reported Thursday that the fastest 5km time of the 16-year-old player this season, 22 minutes and 22 seconds, will not be counted.
Tim Striped, a spokesman for the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), told The Hill in a statement Thursday that runners must file a waiver if they want to wear religious hats during a race.
“The official was simply enforcing this rule since an exemption had not been filed,” Striped said.
He added that the Abukaram school has since submitted a waiver request, which has been approved.
“The OHSAA is also analyzing this specific uniform regulation to potentially modify it in the future so that religious hats do not require an exemption,” he added.
About Noor Abukaram Facebook Post
Miss Abukaram’s disqualification from the meet first drew widespread attention on Wednesday because of a Facebook post by Zobaida S. Falah, a local activist, and cousin of the student-athlete.
“Cross country student-athlete disqualified because of her HIJAB.
My 16-year-old cousin Noor was disqualified last weekend during her district cross country meet in Findlay, Ohio because of her hijab. Noor is on the Sylvania Northview Cross Country Team. The officials did not give her the courtesy of informing her of their problem with the hijab. Instead, they let her run the race thinking she was fine and after the race, while she was searching for her time alongside her teammates, she discovered her time wasn’t there. When she asked why, her teammates responded, “because of your hijab.” Below, is Noor’s exact recall of the race day, leading up to her finding out she was disqualified.
Noor: They were checking me and my teammates in per usual. The officials were checking our uniforms, making sure we didn’t have any uniform violations. The officials noticed a stripe on one of my teammate’s shorts which didn’t match the rest of the team’s uniforms so they made her change into plain black shorts before the race. Immediately, I began to wonder if they were going to call on me next since I was wearing all black pants and hijab. I have been a student-athlete my entire life, and every time we compete, the thought crosses my mind during uniform checks. At this point, the girl on my team changed her shorts and I was relieved that they had not said anything to me.
Then something suspicious was happening between my coach and the officials. I thought “why are they still talking about the shorts issue if it was resolved?” And again, the thought crossed my mind that maybe they were talking about me. My coach came over to the team and one of the officials looked at him and said, “don’t tell her now wait till after.” NOW, my mind is fluttering with different thoughts regarding what the officials and my coach could be talking about. At this point, the race was about to start and I knew that I needed to clear my mind and focus on the race ahead. The race started and I started to run. I ran a great race and the thought never crossed my mind again. I finished my race, gave my teammates hugs, talked to people at the race and overall was having a great day. I found out my team was going to regionals and we were so happy some and a couple of my teammates head over to the awards to get recognized then we head over to look at the placings of the race to see my time. As we looked closer,I realized my name wasn’t on there. At this point, I’m confused and was confident that this was a mistake so I walk over to the rest of my team and say to
them, “hey guys my name isn’t on the list.” They all stared at me blankly and finally, they said, “you got disqualified.”
I did not immediately think anything of it I chuckled and asked, “why?” But they weren’t laughing, so one of the girls looks at me and says, “because of your hijab.”
Immediately my heart drops, I become nauseous and feel like I got punched in the gut. This is something that I had always feared which has now become a reality. I just walked away and my teammates didn’t say anything else.
At that exact moment, my dad called me and I could not stop crying on the phone. I was humiliated, disappointed, rejected and in denial. I couldn’t believe what just happened. After talking to my dad I spoke to my coach and he explained to me that in order for me to race he would have had to fill out a waiver allowing me to race and he assured me that he will get this waiver signed and I will race at the regional invitational the following weekend which is this coming weekend.
I have been running for Sylvania Northview Highschool the entire season and wasn’t told by any OSAA officials about my “uniform violation” until the district meet.
The officials did not give me the same respect that they gave my teammate who was also violating a rule when they told her to change her shorts and gave her the chance to fix her self. I wasn’t given the chance to explain myself to them because they didn’t have the decency to tell me what the issue was.
I feel like my rights as an athlete were violated this weekend because this rule does NOT exist in writing. I should not have to get a waiver signed and approved by OSAA to allow me to race due to my religious head covering. Hijabs are not specifically prohibited by OSAA rulings.
It’s 2019, we’ve had a hijab-wearing woman represent America in the Olympics. How are we still being discriminated against due to religious head covering? Keep in mind, my cousin Noor was wearing a NIKE hijab. Which the company Nike Sportswear specifically created for women athletes. Please SHARE her story! #WeStandWithNoor”
Fast Facts You Need to Know
16-year-old Student-athlete disqualified from Ohio race for competing in a hijab.
“My hijab is a part of me. Like if you’re asking me to run without my hijab, you’re asking me not to run. That’s period. Point blank,” Noor Alexandria Abukaram says. https://t.co/GiU4xZHfkt
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 24, 2019