Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi sparked controversy in the Muslim community after receiving criticism for wearing a “revealing” leotard at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore last week.
The 21-year-old won two gold medals and six medals in total at the sports event, but came under fire from some in the Muslim community for apparently revealing the shape of her “aurat” (genitalia) in her purple leotard, Yahoo reports.
In the wake of the incident, several Malaysian Islamic groups have demanded clothing guidelines for Muslim female athletes that are sharia law-compliant. Roszida Kamaruddin, head of the female wing of the National Muslim Youth Association, released a statement condemning Abdul Hadi’s sports attire, according to The Malay Mail.
“Women should not be stopped from sports, but they must prioritise the Islamic codes in sports attire. Furthermore, there are many Muslim female athletes who succeed even by covering their aurat,” Kamaruddin said.
Despite the criticism, there has been overwhelming support from fellow Muslims and sports fans for Abdul Hadi. Malaysia’s youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin spoke out against the controversy on Twitter.