Girls’ team prevented from competing in Tae Kwon Do Tournament in Montreal

April 15th, 2007 | Posted in Other


Montreal, 15 April 2007 — A girls’ team is being barred from competing in a Tae Kwon Do tournament taking place in Longueuil, Quebec today. The CCMM Ultimate Tae-kwon-do Club showed up at the annual Quebec regional Raymond Mourad Championship today only to be told that the girls’ team could not participate, on the grounds that their heads are covered.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams have participated in various Tae Kwon Do tournaments for the past two years, with some of the girls receiving top medals in the competitions. This is the first time the girls have been discriminated against.

The team and their coaches, severely disappointed, are remaining at the day-long event, in the hope that the tournament organizers will relent, and allow them to compete along with the boys. The tournament is taking place at the Centre Sportif of Collège Édouard Montpetit at 260, rue De Gentilly Est, Longueuil, Québec.


CCMM Ultimate Tae-kwon-do, Centre Communautaire Musulman de Montréal and Tadamon! Montreal


Shame on the organisers of the Quebec regional Raymond Mourad Championship that have forbid the girls to participate in the tournament!
It is surely not the first time that girls wearing a hijab participate in sports or martial arts activities in Quebec, so why is it only now that they are not allowed to participate? ENOUGH racism against Arabs and Muslims, how can people be so silent and passive about this? Is it NOT enough that Canada is actively participating along with the US and other world powers in a so-called ‘War on Terror’ in Afghanistan, Iraq, carrying on war crimes and militarily occupying these countries in the Middle East? Is it NOT enough that Canada is fully supporting Israel in its occupation, dispossession and ethnic cleansing of the palestinian people AND of its previous destruction of Lebanon and murder of Lebanese civilians?? Is it NOT enough that it is BECAUSE of these wars fully supported by Canada, being waged on the people in the Middle East that so many people from that region are forced to flee and come and seek refuge in Canada? And now these people are being discriminated against here?
Many members of these comnunities have been living in Quebec for more than a generation and should feel free to believe in what they want and to wear whatever they want to wear, It is time that people in Montreal and Quebec publicly stand in solidarity with the communities that are being discriminated against like this and oppose these racist judgements!

Comment by S from Montreal — April 15th, 2007 @ 10:34 PM

j’aime le taekwondo my un sant noir de taekwondo

Comment by charif — September 28th, 2007 @ 10:49 AM

sorry but i am in this team “CCMM ULTIMATE TAEKWONDO” and i dont allow to talk about my team like this…..

Comment by nehme khalil — March 18th, 2008 @ 10:00 PM

Where they not allowed because they could not see if the team where boys or girls?Sorry but dont understand surely someone could have verified that it was an all girls team and allowed them to compete as such.mighty strange no discrimination here

Comment by taekwondo trainer — April 12th, 2008 @ 3:52 PM

Hmmm…. it’s a pity… Got a video that wil help

Comment by floreadone — April 21st, 2008 @ 8:52 PM

So not fair. I take TKD and I’d be soooo mad if I couldn’t compete! Well, my class doesn’t compete, but if we did…

Comment by TKDgirlio — August 14th, 2008 @ 6:51 PM

Hello. I am Ferddy.I am from Ecuador. I have practiced T.K.D. since 1999. I think that the girls have the same rights that the boys in all the sports and they are very good fighters. For this reason, I congratulate you and continue practicing this wonderful sport, please.

Comment by Carlos Ferdinand Ramòn Rivas — May 22nd, 2009 @ 9:41 PM

This should be the Quebec Taekwondo Federation’s fault. They have more power in what happen’s in competitions plus how the the organizer of this tornament manages it. If they didn’t stop the organizer then they did a bad job. How about the future competitions plus the bigger competitions in Quebec? What will the organizer and federation do? I blame the federation in not telling the peolple the rules in competitions and do stupid, false, and unacceptable thing to make these things happen.

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