These Middle Eastern Women Are Making Female Athleticism Part of Their Culture

In an article about "the courage and perseverance of female athletes in one of the last regions on Earth to celebrate them," we hear the inspiring stories of Emirati weight lifter Amna Al Haddad, Emirati figure skater Zahra Lari, and others as they follow their dreams despite various cultural roadblocks.

These roadblocks that once discouraged women from participating in sports, however, have recently become less of a problem as women gain more and more support, slowly changing the role of women in Middle Eastern society.

According to Fatima Adwan, spokesperson for the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, "The culture is what it is, and it's a beautiful culture as it stands. We want to say that you don't need to go against your culture to participate in sports."

Instead, these Middle Eastern athletes hope to make it part of their culture. And these efforts to include women in sports has not gone undetected. In fact, "The Washington Post" predicts that "Muslim countries from the Middle East might send an unprecedented number of female competitors to next month's Olympics."

See how the women in this video are following their dreams:

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