CAIR-Michigan to file Civil Rights complaint against USA Boxing for Muslim barred from competition over his ugly and unsanitary Islamic beard.
CAIR On Thursday, September 13, the Michigan Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) will hold a press conference to announce the filing of a Michigan Department of Civil Rights complaint against USA Boxing on behalf of a Michigan Muslim boxer barred from competition because of his beard he believes is required by his faith.
USA Boxing has utilized its own waiver system in a discriminatory way to keep the Muslim boxer from competing in local and national tournaments. The up-and-coming boxer was denied participation in the Golden Gloves Tournament because of his beard.
USA Boxing has ignored several requests by CAIR-MI and the coach of the boxer to open a dialogue about the issue, prompting CAIR-MI to file a formal complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
In 2014, CAIR helped a Muslim wrestler at the University at Buffalo in New York obtain a waiver from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to wear a beard.
CAIR That action by the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee came after CAIR’s intervention and after the civil rights group urged university officials to request the waiver. The Muslim wrestler will be allowed to compete with a beard during the 2014-15 season as long as he wears a face mask and chin strap.
“Now that this individual waiver has been granted, we will work with the NCAA to change its policy to allow beards for all competitors nationwide,” said Sadyia Khalique, director of operations for CAIR’s New York chapter (CAIR-NY).
On 2017, CAIR welcomed a religious exemption granted to a teenage Muslim boxer in Minnesota who was previously barred from competition because she wears an Islamic supremacist headbag or hijab.
Many athletic organizations have already modified rules and policies to submit to the religious demands of Muslim participants. For example, over the past few years, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) have all lifted their respective bans on religious headgear, including hijabs.
In 2011, CAIR coerced the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) into modifying its policy on competitor apparel to allow modest Islamic attire. The IWF policy change came following intervention by CAIR in the case of a Muslim weightlifter in Georgia who wished to compete while covering her hair, arms and legs.