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Meet the men behind Gaza’s first female sports club

Meet the men behind Gaza’s first female sports club

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Rajab Sarraj and Hassan Skaik from the Gaza Strip are preparing to launch the first women’s sports academy by June 2017. This unprecedented initiative aims to help revive women’s sports in Gaza and will allow girls and women, between the ages of 4 and 40, to practice sports and become professional athletes.

Two men from the Gaza Strip are getting ready to open the first women’s sports academy in Gaza, which would allow women of all ages to practice and play many different sports.

Sarraj, the director of sales at Wataniya Mobile, told Al-Monitor that this is an athletic investment project that, amid a current absence of female sports clubs, will now give women in Gaza the chance to practice sports. This would allow them to blow off some steam and get rid of the stress caused by the hard political and economic conditions in the Gaza Strip.

He said, “The project, which costs about $350,000, will be initiated in three different phases over the course of three years. Each phase will include a new set of sports. The first one — to be launched in June — will include soccer, karate, running and cycling. The second phase will include basketball, volleyball and swimming. Ballet and gymnastics will be added with the beginning of the third phase.”

Sarraj added, “The second and third phase will be launched before the end of 2017.” […]

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