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Muslim, Woman, Olympian: Changing The Way We See The Games | MAMANUSHKA
Have you been gripped by Olympic Fever? It’s an actual thing – and this house has it. We check the schedule, note results, replay best moments and empathise with misfortunes (#ouch). While we can never forget that the Olympics are notoriously problematic for host countries, the tenacity and determination of individual athletes is both compelling and awe-inspiring. The absolute best thing about these Rio Olympics is that, for the first time, we have a child who is old enough to enjoy watching them with us! Since we are in the UK (and still on summer holidays) this means many midnight viewing parties cuddled in blankets with some special friends. I love seeing the Games through her six year old eyes: Her absolute wonder at the strength and commitment required “She must practice a LOT!”, her observations of the joys and sorrows of the athletes “Why is he crying if he won?” and the way she tries to figure out which sport she could one day compete in “I don’t swim that much but I’m good at trampolining – I could maybe win that!” Together, she and I enjoy supporting the Muslim athletes, especially the women, about whom she wants to …