WUSA9.com: High School Track Star Alleges Religious Discrimination
For three years, Gatorade's DC Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year "has worn a custom made suit that covers her head and neck as required by her faith." Now she says she's the victim of religious discrimination. We have to agree.
Officials at the Montgomery Invitational track meet told Juashaunna Kelly she had to remove her Muslim head covering if she wanted to compete.
Officials contend, rather, that it's simply the case that "association rules require undergarments be one single solid color." This justification is a little more palatable (baseball pitchers often face the same restrictions). But the problem is that in baseball this poses a relevant issue towards opposing batters seeing the pitch come at them. In an individual sport like track and field where people can get away with wearing stuff like this, where does the problem lie? If anything, Kelly is at a disadvantage with the extra drag.
Amateur athletes are allowed to get away with wearing irrelevant things like these and these, but a Muslim female has uniform restrictions. Doesn't make sense to me. Let her run.