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'Sports is My Life, My Passion': A Drive Toward the Goal Of Greater Freedom: Basketball Team Resists Saudi Restrictions on Female Athletes

Date: April 15, 2008
Author: Faiza Saleh Ambah
QUOTE: Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries competing in the Olympics without a female delegation. Though the kingdom has come under increasing pressure from the International Olympic Committee to include women on its team, many in this deeply patriarchal and traditional society agree with the restrictions, believing that allowing female athletes could lead to Western-style independence for women and an erosion of established culture.

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