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Hanna Sheikh
Stevnsgade inks Hanna Sheikh - 2 Years ago

Stevnsgade BBK (Dameligaen) agreed terms with 22-year old naturalized Saudi Arabian guard Hanna Sheikh (180-92). She has played for the last six seasons at Vaerlose BBK in Dameligaen. However her team was relegated to 1st Division. In 21 Dameligaen games she had 8.6ppg and 3   [read more]

Hanna Sheikh
Saudi Arabia women sport olympics human rights islam muslim clerics - 4 Years ago

The image of 24-year-old Nour Fitiany resting courtside as the pounding of basketballs and thumping of feet reverberated around her wouldnt merit a second glance in most countries. But in Saudi Arabia, where girls are banned from sports in state schools, powerful clerics castigate women for exercising and female gyms must adhere to strict regulations, Fitianys ambition to play basketball let alone represent her country in international tournaments is a bold political statement   [read more]

Hanna Sheikh
Underground sport: Saudi women shed veils to play basketball - 8 Years ago

The players bounded into the gym, shedding their long black cloaks and veils to take to the basketball court. Up this night: Jeddah United against the Jaguars, as 30 women spectators hooted and hollered from the stands. Such is the start of women's sports in Saudi Arabia a Muslim country so conservative that the fledgling women's sports teams that have begun to appear in recent years remain almost entirely underground, far from public scrutiny or religious clerics' eyes.   [read more]

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