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Seven Kings boxer turns hijab-designer to get Muslim women active
by Harry Kemble
A Thai boxing champion has designed a hijab to encourage more Muslim women to get into sport.
Ruqsana Begum, 31, who lives in Seven Kings and is the current British female Atomweight Muay Thai boxing champion, thought up the idea during the London 2012 Olympics when she learnt of an American athlete who was told her Islamic headscarf did not meet health and safety requirements.
"I noticed it is quite hard for women [to get into sport]," said Muslim Ms Begum.
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