Riyadh: Saudi officials announced the first women’s soccer tournament in the state. Saudi Arabia is to launch a female football league two years after women were first allowed into stadiums in the Gulf kingdom.
The creation of the league is the latest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reforms in Saudi Arabia, which has long been seen as one of the world’s strictest societies. According to the details, Under the vision 2030 of Wali E Ehad Prince Mohammed bin Salman , Saudi Arabia has awarded women the freedom. Saudi Women are now honoring their skills in all fields including music and car racing.
The tournament was announced by the Saudi Sports Organization in the presence of Chairman Prince Khalid bin Walid.
The report states that girls aged 17 and above will be able to participate in the tournament while the matches will be played in three cities of the state – Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.
Authorities have allocated 5 million Saudi riyals for the Saudi Women’s Football League.
Officials say the aim of the latest move is to boost female participation in sport.
“The launch of the [league] bolsters women’s participation in sports at the community level and will generate increased recognition for women’s sports achievements,” the government-run Saudi Sports for All Federation said.
Saudi Officials say much more remains to be done for women’s rights.
Saudi women were first allowed into a football stadium in January 2018 – the same year that the Gulf kingdom ended a decades-long ban on female drivers.
Last year, a royal decree allowed Saudi women to travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission and restaurant segregation was scrapped.
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28 March, 2020