A Taekwondo champion from Turkey has sparked a national conversation by challenging stereotypes about women and sport by competing wearing a headscarf.\r
20-year-old Kubra Dagli, from Istanbul, has been praised for winning a gold medal at the recent World Championships in Lima, Peru, but her clothing choices have managed to eclipse her athletic success. \r
Both secular and religious elements of Turkish society have strong opinions on Ms Daglis position as a sporting role model. As al-Monitor points out, the hijab was frowned upon during modern Turkeys founding as a secular state, and to many, is seen as a sign of ‘backwardness.