There are a lot of sports stars out there that you are constantly hearing about, like Kobe Bryant or Tom Brady. However, how many Muslim sports personalities do you really know? You likely know all about Muhammed Ali or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar but how many other Muslim athletes are you familiar with? You are about to learn about some of the most inspirational Muslim Sports Personalities of 2016.
- Dalilah Muhammed
She is a notable track & field star that made history when she became the first American woman to win the 400 meters hurdles. She waved her flag proudly, excited that she walked away with the gold in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
- Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil is a German footballer that has made quite a name for himself during his professional career. Among the highlights of his career in 2016, he competed at the UEFA Euro 2016, even getting the Man of the Match on June 21, 2016.
- Hassan Khan
From Pakistan, Hassan Khan recently broke through as a star cricketer in 2016. He is not only notable for his immense talent but he is also visibly blind, which only adds to the immense skill that this promising athlete has.
- Ibtihaj Muhammed
This New Jersey-born athlete made waves at the Rio 2016 Olympics for being the first Muslim-American woman who chose to wear her hijab while she was competing in the Olympics. This fencer won a bronze medal as a member of Team USA in the team fencing event.
- Moe Sbihi
Born in England, this Muslim athlete has made a name for himself from as a rower. He participated in the Rio Olympics in 2016 as a member of the Great Britain coxless four and won a gold member as part of the team in this event.
- Kimia Alizadeh Zenoozi
When this Iranian Taekwando star took home the bronze in the featherweight event, she became the first Iranian woman walk away with an Olympic medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Interestingly her last name has been published incorrectly until this momentous occasion, with people spelling her name as “Zenoorin”.
- Marwa Amri
Marwa Amri is a freestyle wrestler that comes from Tunis, Tunisia. The first time that she participated in the Olympics was in the London 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2016 at the Rio Olympics, this athlete made history when she won the bronze medal. She not only became the first woman from Africa to win a medal in a wrestling event, she was also the first woman from Tunisia to win an Olympic medal.
These are just some of the amazing Muslim athletes that the world has to offer. They show that diversity is such an important thing for this world and these accomplishments should be celebrated. These young athletes have a long career ahead of them, with eyes on trying to earn more accolades for their sporting endeavors. It is going to be exciting to see what is next for these inspirations.