Won’t see this among the bitches on the pitches of Saudi Arabia:
Following are excerpts from a TV program on women’s sports in Saudi Arabia, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on July 8, 2011.
Rima Abdallah: It was about six years ago. At first we would play in closed areas behind fences, so nobody would know. At some point, I realized that this must be developed, so I turned to the media to make the authorities see that there are women who have the right to represent the country one day, in a manner pleasing to Allah, in keeping with our traditions and the shari’a. We kept on playing this way. We paid all the expenses out of our own pockets. We did not have our own soccer fields, so we had to rent them. We looked only for secluded soccer fields, so that men would not go there.
About a year ago, a women’s soccer tournament was held in Bahrain, and I’m sad to say that the only team that did not participate was the Saudi team.
Host: Among the Gulf countries?
Rima Abdallah: Among all the Arab countries. Kuwait, Oman, and some other Gulf states participated, as well as Arab countries.
Host: Except Saudi Arabia?
Rima Abdallah: Right. We asked to participate, but because we are not recognized by FIFA or the Saudi Soccer Association, our request was denied.
The entire Saudi people must be made aware of the fact that Saudi women have been ranked as having the highest obesity rate due to immobility. In addition, 94% of Saudi women suffer from diabetes.
I hope with all my heart that one day, I will participate [in a soccer tournament] and raise my country’s flag, in a manner pleasing to Allah. There are Arab women’s teams in which they all play with hijabs and long clothing, which fully covers the body, but does not affect their performance on the field.
They like to play hoops, too:
Host: What do you wear when you play?
Hadir Sadqa [Basketball player]: If it is a closed court, with only women present, we wear this.
Host: Can you show us… It has no sleeves…
Hadir Sadqa: True, but anyone who wants to wear
Host: What about the bottom part of the costume?
Hadir Sadqa: We wear shorts.
Host: Regular shorts, up to the mid-thigh, right?
Hadir Sadqa: No.
Host: That’s what you wear when you are with women only?
Hadir Sadqa: Yes.
Hadir Sadqa: Down to the knees. The same goes for the Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal clubs.
Host: But only in the company of women.
Hadir Sadqa: But when we appear in the media or when the audience includes men, we wear long white clothes, and dress according to the shari’a, in addition to sports clothes
Host: You wear a hijab?
Hadir Sadqa: Yes.
Host: Like the black one you’re wearing?
Hadir Sadqa: A white one.
Host: What if during the game, your head-covering falls off?
Rima Abdallah: There are special head-coverings, like masks. Our Syrian sisters have head-coverings like masks. Nothing can budge them.
I’m not unsympathetic (up to a point): A Jewish girl wanted to wear a t-shirt under her uniform out of modesty, and she was nearly disqualified for it.
Heck, I’m old enough to remember when the college guys wore t-shirts under their unis because they thought it was cool.