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Support pours in for gymnast Farah Ann

Thousands of people have shown their support for Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi after she was criticised for competing in revealing clothing at the SEA Games.

By yesterday, 11,000 people had "liked" the Facebook page "Farah Ann Abdul Hadi For Malaysia" which calls for "praise and support" for the double gold medallist.

Last week, some critics in the majority Muslim country slammed the 21-year-old, saying they could see the shape of her "aurat" (genitalia) in her leotard.

Farah Ann, who won six medals in total in Singapore, wrote: "I would just like to express my sincerest gratitude to all of you who have been supporting me. It is such an overwhelming feeling to have had such a great and positive response from all of you."

In response to her critics, Malaysia's Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin tweeted: "In gymnastics, Farah wowed the judges and brought home gold. In her deeds, only the Almighty judges her. Not you. Leave our athletes alone." - AFP.

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