The Winter Olympics are coming soon!!! I'm so excited!!!
I am curious what Muslims think of sports where both men and women compete, such as figure skating and gymnastics?
Both require a LOT of skill, talent, and tons of practice!!! Neither are easy; most figure skater and gymnast athletes start at a very young age, around 4 or 5.
Russia, Romania, other countries that used to be part of the USSR, China, Japan, the USA, and other countries have many athletes that strive for the honor of competing with the best of the other nations.
Why don't Muslim countries compete? I understand that iceskating is not conducive to the weather in hot countries, but ice skating rinks are made for indoor use as well... one doesn't have to skate on a frozen lake...
Is it because the outfits that the athletes wear are considered immodest, or the music, or what exactly?
Are athletic skills encouraged for women? Are there any sports that Muslim women or women in Middle Eastern countries can do, and do well? Or are Muslim women not encouraged to be athletic or do things that most women can't do? (the flips and twirls and spins and jumps...)
I am curious because I have wondered before why Muslim countries are not represented in the sports of ice skating or gymnastics in the Olympics.
Do Muslim women play sports, at a competitive level? If so, which ones? Thanks.
Peace and God bless you.