As the start date for the Olympic Games in Rio gets closer, The Washington Post takes a look at female athletes in the Middle East through a new series. With a push from some coaches and governments in the region to raise top-flight female athletes, and the hope that more women in general to partake in recreational sports, there was at some point going to be a break in the chain as a ‘new movement’ started to take shape.
Particularly, the natural discord between the concept of female athletes and norms such as marriage and childbirth, and how expectations from families and cultures can thwart athletic pursuits.
In part two, Chuck Culpepper looks at athletes such as Farida Osman, an Egyptian student and championship swimmer at the University of California and runner Shinoona Al Habsi from Oman.
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