The Egyptian runner, Basant Hamida, said she had been following up on the controversy surrounding her clothing at the Mediterranean Games, which are currently being held in the Algerian city of Oran, over the past few days.
In an interview with Al-Hurra, she confirmed that “the uniforms worn by athletes, especially in athletics, are not optional for them, as there are specific regulatory rules governing this matter, and these are among the basics. of the game. “
Hamida won two gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter running competitions at the Mediterranean Games and set a record on her name in the championship competitions, as she had a time of 11.10 seconds in the 100 meter competitions and 22.47 seconds in the 200 meters achieved. competitions, and become the first Egyptian runner in history Check those numbers.
The attack was not limited to the Egyptian heroine on the verge of sportswear, but the arrows of criticism also extended to the fact of her prostration after she was crowned with the first gold medal in hostile clothing, while some in the media consider was that it “reveals the nudity”, while many responded to those remarks, emphasizing the need for attention Do it and stop such insulting criticism.
For her part, Hamida said that “the exhaustion was a spontaneous act after the coronation, because she went through many problems in recent years, which deprived her of participating in the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo, due to an injury. “and she also did not know if she would participate in the Mediterranean Games due to an injury she sustained.” Recently, a few days before the tournament, and therefore she wanted to thank God with her prostration for his success and compensation for the coronation with gold, after she went through it, and she did not think about what to wear or where to to prostrate.
Basant described her relationship with God as a special relationship like any human being, as she “always talks to him in her prayers and asks for success, and intensifies her prayers as she warms up before participating in the races, and she has before the cried for fear of not catching up with her. ”
The Egyptian runner received a big reception on her return from Algeria a few hours ago, after being crowned with two gold medals, which achieved a new achievement for Egyptian sport, which she said was a great reward for her efforts in recent years and the accident that plagued her and prevented her from participating in the Tokyo Olympics, just three days before she traveled to the tournament due to a muscle strain she had, which caused that she missed the tournament. ”
Basant concluded by saying that she “understands the nature of some people because of the Eastern and Islamic nature, but it is not optional for athletes.”
In recent weeks in Egypt, there has been a marked increase in controversy over the return of what women and girls are exposed to, even at the sporting level, in their clothing, even if it was those who were abused and violent, as happened. in the massacre of a female student in front of her university building in the city of Mansoura in the Delta of Egypt.
Hossam El-Wasimi, professor of psychology at the National Center for Social Research, believes that what is happening “is a natural consequence of cultural and religious concepts that are foreign to the reality of Egyptian society, which is about a several decades stretch and affect many people. “
Al-Wasimi told Al-Hurra website that “the owners of these ideas regard women as taboo and state their own perception of her, and anything that contradicts it is disobedient or unbelieving, and with the increase of social networking sites and the ease of access to larger segments of citizens, the scope of those who have these ideas has expanded. “
He explained, “They would always look for something in the woman to criticize and attack her. If the sports heroine was veiled, they would talk about wearing tight clothes, and if her clothes were loose, they would talk about the basically leaving home as forbidden, or at least unwanted. “
He attributed this method of handling to “the principle of the owners of strictly religious currents to monopolize religion and the truth. What they see is religion and it is the right thing to do without others, even if the person with the opinion does not do not agree with them, a spiritual or belong to a historical religious institution. “
He pointed out that “there is another stream in Egypt that is not religious and that is considered extremist in its comments and vision of women, and it is the stream that calls for the veil to be banned and veiled women to be prevented. clubs, beaches, etc., and between the polarization of these two currents, many Egyptians fall prey to intellectual extremism that did not exist in society centuries ago. “
Al-Wasimi concluded by saying that “the way out of the impasse of these ideas will not be unless they are trapped in their beginnings in schools and universities, so that the values of pluralism, personal freedom and women’s freedom can be improved, and to Confronting extremist ideas from human and social angles that help to overcome this growing pattern of thinking, in addition to the importance of renewing religious discourse and changing the behavior of preachers and preachers themselves, which can sometimes have extremist tendencies, is conveyed to the public. ”
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Although the Egyptian player was accompanied by her husband during the Mediterranean Games, as he was her coach, this did not prevent the attack on her, which forced many to support her and urged her not to pay attention to such voices. not.
In her interview with Al-Hurra, the player said: “Her husband, Muhammad Abbas, is her coach, and he has great credit for her reaching a level that qualifies her to win gold medals in major tournaments, with the moral and technical support he provides during training in particular and in life in general. “
Dr. Khaled Abdel-Fattah, head of the sociology department at Helwan University, believes that “the exaggerated interest in women’s dress in Egypt and the attack on them is caused by the presence of remnants of extremist religious currents that have persisted in Egypt for years,” dr. before the Egyptian state worked in recent years to get rid of them. “
“Some elements of these religious groups try to exploit such events to create distraction issues through social media, with issues that are not of interest to Egyptians,” he said.
He pointed out that “people in Egypt, whether in towns or cities, represent a tolerant society that is not obsessed with what women wear in this crude way and they have priorities in life and existence, but make extremist religious currents of this events phenomena through social media. “