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    January 11, 2019 11:02 PM PST

    Heena Sidhu has confirmed she will not participate in the Asian Airgun Shotgun Championship in Iran in December because of the competitions rules that require women contestants to wear a hijab or headscarf. Womens Nike Shox Clearance . She added, however, that the competition never really figured in her plans for 2016.The tournaments official website states womens clothing in the shooting range and public places is required to conform to the rules and regulations of Iran. In a series of tweets from her Twitter handle on Saturday, Sidhu said she had opted out of the same event in Iran two years ago for the same reason. I would like to clarify that its not because wearing a hijab could be a hindrance to my performance since as an athlete Im expected to adapt to all conditions, she tweeted. My concern is the larger question of athletes being forced to follow a religious norm. Shooting is a very individual sport and Im not here as a revolutionary whos asking all female athletes to take a stand on this issue. If they are OK with following it, Im no one to judge.She added: I think religion should be kept out of the sporting arena. As athletes we are there at an event from all over the world on our hard work and merit, and for religious norms to be forced upon us is not acceptable to me.NRAI respects the social traditions of its host nation. These social measures are adopted by all competing nations. Indeed even tourists, visiting businesswoman, &a diplomats are required to comply with such measures. Having said that, we look forward to competing in Iran and are very hopeful of our teams performance at the games, said Raninder Singh, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president.Heena had won a Gold medal in the 10m air pistol at the last Asian Championship in New Delhi in 2015.Heena is the only Indian shooter to pull out of the event and has been replaced by Harveen Sarao. ? Cheap Nike Shox Sale . Malkin got tangled up with Detroits Luke Glendening early in the third period and his left skate took the brunt of collision with the boards behind Pittsburghs net. Buy Nike Shox . Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. 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State of Origin is bigger than the international team which it shouldnt be.Its something Mal (Meninga) has spoken about a lot and he has really good ideas around our international program and hopefully over the next few years theyll come to fruition.Smith concedes it will be impossible to reduce the importance of Origin given that it dominates talk and debate from the start of the season in March until the conclusion of game three in July.However, he believes that changing the mindsets of young players is the key to making the public fall back in love with the international game.I enjoy playing against England in England, watching thosee games as a kid is what made me want to play rugby league, he said. Nike Shox Buy Online. But most young players today aspire to play for NSW or Queensland and not so much the Kangaroos.I do think once the attitudes of players towards international footy starts to change you will see the public come back on board.Meninga, who is revered in the north of England due to his exploits in six Ashes series against Great Britain and a highly successful season with St Helens in 1984, believes its important to keep the international game alive.Youre never going to be able to go back to the three-month tours we embarked on where you played every team and three Tests, Meninga told AAP.But theres no reason why we cant play midweek games against representative sides from Yorkshire and Lancashire and then have a three-match series.Teams coming to Australia to play could do the same. 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