Saudi Arabia approves Yoga as a sports activity

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The Saudi Ministry of Trade and Industry has listed Yoga under “sports activities”, which allows any Saudi citizen to practice or propagate it by getting a licence from the government.

Nouf Marwaai, who teaches yoga to thousands in the Islamic nation has had an uphill task to make the profession official. She started approaching the authorities in 2005 but to no avail. She finally approached the princess, a member of the Royal Council, who started the basketball for women in Saudi Arabia. She assured her that things are changing and they will soon approve sports for women.

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“Princess Reema Bint Bandar Alsaud was chosen to be the Deputy of the General Sports Authority and she welcomed all leaders in any sports for women to approach her directly. Sports have been allowed for women this year. This year Saudi Arabia has also allowed women to drive which came after the kingdom was widely criticized for years for its conservative attitude towards women.

Source Credit: Indiatoday
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