Basketball is more than just a game for Saudi women defying taboo of women in sports

October 29, 2014 6:45 AM

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Basketball is more than just a game for Saudi women defying taboo of women in sports

In this May. 12, 2014 photo, Saudi and expatriate girls practice basketball at a private sports club in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Women’s basketball is gaining in popularity in a kingdom famous for its public restrictions on female movement and activity. For the players, basketball is not merely a sport but an act of defiance in a country where female access to exercise is outright shunned by ultraconservatives. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) (The Associated Press)

In this May 12, 2014 photo, Jiddah United sports club founder Lina Almaeena stands in her sporting goods shop in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Women’s basketball is gaining in popularity in a kingdom famous for its public restrictions on female movement and activity. For the players, basketball is not merel...

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