Lori Ewing is a reporter at Reuters.

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Human Rights Groups Implore Olympics’ President To Help Get Rid of Hijab Ban

by Lori Ewing, Reuters 06-12-2024

Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony in Ancient Olympia, Greece, on April 16, 2024. President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach gives a speech during the flame lighting ceremony for the Paris 2024 Olympics. REUTERS/Louisa Gouliamaki

Sports and human rights organizations have called on International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to help overturn a ban on French athletes wearing the hijab, saying it undermines celebrations of the first gender-equal Olympics.