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Hijab-wearing ‘Ice Princess’ set for University Games in Russia!

11.03.2019
Zahra Lari of the United Arab Emirates, the first woman to compete in the sportinternationally wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf, took part in the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Zahra Lari, first figure skater from the UAE : “I am glad to celebrate my birthday in Siberia”.

The performance at the Winter Universiade 2019 made the United Arab Emirates figure skater Zahra Lari a world star in one moment. She attracted enormous attention of journalists from all countries, although at home she has been long known for her achievements. Zahra is a four-time champion of the United Arab Emirates and the first figure skater from this country performing on the international stage.

The International Skating Union (ISU) changed the rules especially for Zahra Lari, and the judges would not deduct points for performing in hijab anymore.