SAUDI MULLS END TO SPORTS BAN IN GIRLS’ STATE SCHOOLS

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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is considering ending its controversial ban on sports in girls’ state schools, after its consultative council recommended the ban be lifted over vociferous opposition from traditionalists. Following a heated debate, the Shura Council recommended that the longstanding ban, already relaxed in private schools in May last year, be ended altogether, state media reported. The appointed body, whose 150 members are overwhelmingly male, can only pass on its recommendation to the education ministry and has no powers to impose it.

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