U.S. Olympic Fencer asked to remove hijab at SXSW

Ibtihaj Muhammad. (Photo courtesy of USA Fencing)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Ibtihaj Muhammad, a member of the United States Fencing Team that will be heading to the 2016 Olympics, was asked to remove her hijab while registering for SXSW.

Saturday morning Muhammad sent out three tweets in a row, describing what she experienced.

SXSW has released this statement regarding the incident.

“It is not our policy that a hijab or any religious head covering be removed in order to pick up a SXSW badge. This was one volunteer who made an insensitive request and that person has been removed for the duration of the event. We are embarrassed by this and have apologized to Ibtihaj in person, and sincerely regret this incident.”

According to Team USA Muhammad will be the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympics in a hijab. She is one of four women who will be travelling to Rio de Janeiro for the Saber portion of the games.

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