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She’d like to see how far this passion might take her, but not if it means compromising her religious beliefs.

Seems perfectly reasonable.

Yet Abdullah, a 35-year-old from Atlanta, has been barred from entering the U.S. championships in Iowa next month. The problem: Her Muslim faith requires that she cover her arms, legs and head — which violates international rules governing weightlifting attire.

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