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600 women took part in the 4th edition of Essaouira Women’s Race 

Written by FDM

 The 4th Essaouira Women’s Race took place on Sunday, March 11, with the participation of 1,500 athletes, including 600 women. The race was organized by the Association Amal Sportif Essaouira d’Athlétisme (ASA/A) in celebration of the International Women’s Day.

600 women were among the participants, Moroccan and foreign women including American, French, Spanish and Italian women. The results? Oumaima Saoud of the ASA/A association came first, followed in second by Aziza Alaoui Club Chabab Safi, then Hayat Benhaniya Club Itihad Ait Melloul.

An event organized by the ASA/A in two separate races: one for women on a circuit 4 km, and the other 1 km for girls and boys. In total, there were 900 children under the age of 12 to participate.

Moreover, the race had several objectives: to raise awareness about the benefits of sport, and identify young talents to train and coach them and make champions out of them, as explained by Mohamed Iboulalen, president of the ASA/A, affiliated to the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation (FRMA) which has about 200 athletes of different categories, 2/3 of women.

“Through the programming of this race, our ambition is also to contribute to the awareness-raising efforts of the population of  Alizés city about the importance of sport for all, to fight this archaic taboo concerning women’s participation in sports, and to encourage women to learn about their abilities, ” said the president who heads ASA/A, a club whose three athletes (two girls and one boy) are members of the National Team of Athletics.