In another move towards increased freedom for women, Saudi Arabia will host its first-ever official women’s basketball tournament on Saturday. Gulf News reported. The games are set at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah and sponsored by General Sports Authority and the Ministry of Health.
In an attempt to raise awareness of breast cancer, the historic tournament will bring together teams from Jeddah United, Dar Al Hekma University, University of Business and Technology, DFAC, Braves, and Shoot .
Organiser Leena Al Maeena, of the Shura Committee, told Saudi site Al Marsad the revenues of the tournament will be donated to breast cancer awareness campaigns and used to open clinics that facilitate early detection.
“We are grateful for the approval of such special women’s sports championships” Al Maeena said according to Gulf news. « I hope such tournaments will continue and I am confident that this one will be successful, as the strongest women’s basketball clubs in Jeddah will be playing. »
The tournament comes after Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan became the kingdom’s first-ever female president of a sports federation. Soon after women were allowed into sports stadiums in the city for the first time, amid calls for women to participate more in sports.