The vice president of Austria's Islamic community says he is resigning after local media quoted him as saying too much sport is unhealthy for women.

Ahmet Hamidi says he has been misquoted, but is stepping down to deflect possible criticism of the Islamic community.

Hamidi, a doctor of internal medicine, was quoted last week as telling a Vienna daily that "too much sport is not good for the female organism, this has been clearly proven."

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