VIDEO: Iraq’s female weightlifters help their parents pay rent

Monday, 12 February 2018

These young women are Iraq’s only female weightlifting team. Every day, for three hours, they train in this old gym in Baghdad's conservative Sadr city neighbourhood 21-year-old Huda was the first to join the team in 2011. She says she has been watching weightlifters since she was five years old. Huda Salim, 21, a member of the Iraqi female weightlifting team said "Some say I challenge men, that women don't do weightlifting. I tell them: No, I challenge men, and we can do everything ...

Saudi boxing trainer, Hala al-Hamrani, who earned black belt at age 16

Friday, 9 February 2018

Hala al-Hamrani, a Saudi boxing trainer, has described her experience as “unique” and that the sport has given her self-confidence and the ability to face challenges. At the age of 16, she earned a black belt in the Japanese martial arts sport Jujutsu. The boxer was born to a Saudi father and an American mother who was also a boxer. In an interview with Al, Hamrani said that she has seen more and more Saudi women signing-up to practice different sports. She also said ...

Buzz in Riyadh as Race of Champions comes to the Middle East

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Engines were loudly heard at Riyadh's iconic King Fahd stadium as a bunch of world-known car racers went head-to-head in the Race of Champions, held for the first time in Middle East as Saudi Arabia goes on hosting more international sporting events. Former Formula One racers David Coulthard and Juan Pablo Montoya competed along with rally sport's double-champion Petter Solberg amongst drivers including home favourites Ahmed Bin Khanen and Yazeed Al-Rajhi who went head-to-head but were both ...

Saudi players signed to Spanish La Liga clubs for World Cup boost

Monday, 22 January 2018

Saudi Arabia are gearing up for their first World Cup finals appearance since 2006 by sending players on loan to Spain to gain experience. At least six players have joined Spanish clubs following an agreement between Spain's La Liga and the Saudi federation. Villarreal, Leganes and Levante from the top flight, alongside second division outfits Gijon, Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano, each simultaneously announced on Sunday they had signed a Saudi player. Villarreal have taken winger Salem ...

A new, more interactive change in the realm of sports

Monday, 15 January 2018

This is an article about the concept of sports in the cultural context. The focus here is not on any specific sport or a sporting event, but on looking at sport in a holistic manner and integrating it into the larger socio-cultural dimension. Sports are said to have a more potent influence than education on public taste and awareness. The education system may be likened to a dynamic process involving various parties, linked to diverse segments of society, exerting their respective influence. The ...

Yahya Alameer

Turkey seeks jail term for NBA player for insulting Erdogan

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016. Kanter said he wasn't concerned and continued his criticisms of Erdogan, saying, "That dude is a maniac." ...

Iran forces Thai male coach to wear ‘hijab’ in women’s match

Friday, 1 December 2017

Iranian authorities forced the male coach of the Thai female kabaddi team to wear hijab in order to be able to accompany his team into the women’s arena, during the Asian Kabaddi Championship , according to media reports. Radio Farda said that the decision was taken because in Iran men are not allowed to enter sports arenas used by women. Somprach Phonchoo, the Thai coach, in an interview with Radio Farda confirmed that he was requested to put on the headscarf if he was to be granted ...

Saudi Arabia to host Drone racing’s World Championship

Friday, 27 October 2017

The Drone Racing League is heading to the Middle East — taking its fast-flying, mad-cornering FPV drones to Saudi Arabia, the first professional drone racing ever in the Kingdom.According to Gearbrain, for the 7th and final race in September 2018 Allianz World Championship, DRL will bring the final eight FPV pilots to race their custom built drones.The league held its first spectator race in 2017, with the 2017 DRL Allianz World Championship finale in London's Alexandria Palace. WATCH: ...

Shadia Bseiso, Arab world’s first woman to sign with WWE, tells her story

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

In a business with so much history, with so much diversity, it’s hard these days to find a true first in professional wrestling. Dubai-based Shadia Bseiso has just become one. This week, she became the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign with the biggest and most prestigious company in the industry—WWE. It wasn’t something that she ever thought possible. In fact, when she first tried out for WWE, it wasn’t to become a Superstar—it was for a broadcasting ...

From death to no-contact, ancient martial art revived in Egypt

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Turn the clock back just over half a century and a contest between two men in the ancient Egyptian martial art of tahteeb could see the loser injured, or even killed. Today however, striking is no longer permitted in this form of stick-fighting, references to which were discovered written inside ancient Egyptian tombs. In the city of Sohag which lies on the banks of Nile in central Egypt, one martial arts school is working to keep the ancient sport alive. “Long ago, this game was violent, ...

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