‘It may take 10 years to tackle football’s lack of diversity’ – FA Council member Rimla Akhtar


Five months ago, Rimla Akhtar became the first Muslim woman on the FA Council. In a body which Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, says is “overwhelmingly male and white”, Akhtar is seen as the ideal role model for the Asian community. But, when I mention this, the 32-year-old chartered accountant smiles and says: “That’s up … Continue reading ‘It may take 10 years to tackle football’s lack of diversity’ – FA Council member Rimla Akhtar

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee held a Women in Sport Inquiry, led by John Whittingdale MP, and requested verbal evidence from Rimla Akhtar. Her contribution can be viewed in panel two from the 48th minute


The Culture, Media and Sport Committee took evidence on women and sport on 12 November 2013. This was the first evidence session held by the committee into women and sport, after it announced an inquiry in July to look into a number of issues that are currently raising concerns. The session focussed on the main … Continue reading The Culture, Media and Sport Committee held a Women in Sport Inquiry, led by John Whittingdale MP, and requested verbal evidence from Rimla Akhtar. Her contribution can be viewed in panel two from the 48th minute

Judo federation reach compromise on Saudi headscarf


A Saudi woman competing in the Olympic judo will fight wearing a special headscarf in order to comply with both safety issues and Saudi dress codes. The team had threatened to withdraw 16-year-old Wojdan Shaherkani from the competition if she was not allowed to wear the hijab. Rimla Akhtar, from the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation, … Continue reading Judo federation reach compromise on Saudi headscarf