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Islamic Games
The International Women’s Islamic Games, previously known as the Muslim Women’s Games is an international multi-sport event organised by the Islamic Federation of Women’s Sport (IFWS). The Games, similar in structure to the Olympics, takes place in a completely female environment allowing women, who would not normally access similar competition due to religious and cultural sensitivities, to experience the thrill and privilege of representing their country at high-level competition.

The first Games took place in 1993 in Iran and was held again in 1997, 2001 and 2005. At the first Games 10 countries consisting of 407 athletes participated and by the 2005 Games this had increased to 44 countries and 1316 athletes!

In 2001, historically the first western country was invited to the Games and was non-other than Great Britain. The likes of Germany and the United States amongst others competed in 2005.

The Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation is the official body for the UK to the International Women’s Islamic Games with both our Chair and Chief Executive sitting on the IFWS Sports Development and Athletes Committee’s respectively.
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