A former teacher at Al-Taqwa College in Melbourne wrote to government ministers accusing the school’s principal of believing “that if females run excessively, they may ‘lose their virginity'”.
The letter continued: “The principal believes that there is scientific evidence to indicate that if girls injure themselves, such as break their leg while playing soccer, it could render them infertile.”
Australia’s The Age newspaper published a letter purportedly sent by the college cross-country team to principal Omar Hallak challenging his decision.
It said: “Just because we are girls doesn’t mean we can’t participate in running events.
The letter’s writer added that the decision was “really offensive to all the girls that were going to participate”.
“It also doesn’t say that girls can’t run in the hadith (sayings of the Prophet Mohammed). As long as us girls are wearing appropriate clothes we can run.”
The local education regulator is now investigating the principal’s alleged comments.
The school was not available for comment.