Thursday, February 09, 2017

Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad says she was detained by U.S. Customs

Olympic bronze medalist and New Jersey native Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made headlines during the summer games in Rio for being the first Olympian to compete for the U.S. while wearing a hijab, says she was recently detained by U.S. Customs officials, according to a report.
In an interview at the MAKERS Conference in California, Muhammad told she was held for about two hours without an explanation. Muhammad told the blog she was "disheartened" by the experience.
"I can't tell you why it happened to me, but I know that I'm Muslim. I have an Arabic name. And even though I represent Team USA and I have that Olympic hardware, it doesn't change how you look and how people perceive you," she told
She did not elaborate on exactly where or when she was detained.

Read more: Olympian from N.J. says she was detained by U.S. Customs

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