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Ons Jabeur holds the winner's trophy at the end of the women's final at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, on May 7, 2022.

Tunisian tennis star inspiring Arab women to take up the sport

'It doesn't matter, Tunisia or Egypt or Morocco, I really want to see more (Arab) players'

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Melbourne Victory Afghan women’s team player Manozh (2nd R) and teammates celebrate during their first match in a local league against ETA Buffalo SC in Melbourne, Australia, on April 24, 2022.

Afghan women's football team makes debut with Australia game

'We still continue our fight and our combat just to play for the Afghanistan people'

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Uri Levy, journalist and founder of the football news site Babagol speaks to i24NEWS from Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa, Israel, on April 20, 2022.

Israelis at Qatar World Cup a ‘headache’ for security establishment

'I didn’t expect these numbers already now, in seven months before the World Cup'

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Iranian women cheer during a soccer match between their national team and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Azadi (Freedom) Stadium in Tehran, Iran, October 10, 2019.

Iran again bans women from football stadium

About 2,000 women who bought tickets to match against Lebanon denied entry

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Germany's players pose for a group photo with the wording "Human rights" on their T-shirts prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match in Duisburg, Germany on March 25, 2021.

German FA pressed on Qatar human rights stance ahead of World Cup

'We must put the political, social and all related issues on the table'

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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen steers his car during the Formula One Grand Prix in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 25, 2022.

Saudi Arabia pledges max security for F1 drivers after Houthi attack

Despite recent attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels, Formula One received 'assurances' the race can be held safely

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An Emirati and an Israeli man chat at Expo 2020 Dubai during Israel's expo National Day in the gulf emirate on January 31, 2022.

UAE hosting inaugural 'Abraham Accords Festival and Games'

Senior officials from US, Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Morocco to participate in event at Expo 2020 Dubai

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Taliban fighters stand near horsemen from Kandahar and Kunduz teams during the final of Afghanistan's Buzkashi League in Kabul on March 6, 2022.

Afghanistan: Goat-pulling game draws fans despite crisis

The game provides a welcome diversion from domestic woes for some fans

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Players of the first Saudi Women's National Football Team at Prince Faisal bin Fahad bin Abdulaziz Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 2, 2021.

Saudi women’s soccer team plays first-ever match

'The biggest news in the Middle East, not only in sports,' journalist Uri Levy tells i24NEWS

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Phil Mickelson at the South Course at Torrey Pines during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, January 26, 2022, in California, the United States.

Golf star Phil Mickelson will deal with Saudi league

'This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates,' Phil Mickelson says

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Then-Boca coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena gestures during their Argentina First Division football match against Newells at La Bombonera stadium, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on February 20, 2016.

Arruabarrena takes over as new UAE head football coach

'We want to take the chance that we have to qualify and make the best use of the current situation'

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Protesters with a placard of Navid Afkari (R) demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in London, England, on September 12, 2020.

Fears growing over missing Iranian wrestler

'It’s such a restrictive situation for people who just want to play their sports'

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A football fan waves the national flag and celebrates in the capital city of Tehran, Iran, on January 27, 2022, after Iran qualifies for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

Women attend Iran-Iraq football match in Tehran stadium

Bahari says 'I wished to have my husband beside me but they said men and women are segregated'

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Supporters cheer during the final game between the Team Natus Vincere and the Team G2 Esports at the PGL Counter-Strike Major event, on November 7, 2021 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Saudi Arabia launches group to develop esports

Gulf state seeking opportunities to diversify its oil-dependent economy

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Two women walk past a Real Madrid poster of the team celebrating in Madrid, Spain, on April 19, 2021.

Amnesty Int’l urges soccer clubs to stand against Saudi Arabia

Amnesty sent the clubs purple armbands to wear to showcase their solidarity

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French driver Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Fabian Lurquin of Belgium compete during Stage 7 of the Dakar Rally 2022 between Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and al-Dawadimi town, on January 9, 2022.

Loeb claims 7th stage victory at Saudi Arabia Dakar Rally

However, it was not all plain sailing for France's Sebastien Loeb at the Dakar Rally

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A Hezbollah supporter holds pictures of slain Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qasem Soleimani in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, February 16, 2020.

Iran powerlifter defects to avoid repping Soleimani

'I refused to wear the shirt and I was confronted with threats: Both you and your family will face problems'

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Iranian women cheer during a soccer match between their national team and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Azadi (Freedom) Stadium in Tehran, Iran, October 10, 2019.

Iran federation defends footballer in row over 'Israel flag' jersey

'He is one of the greats of Iranian football' and 'a symbol of pride for the Islamic Republic of Iran'

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah reacts during an English Premier League soccer match at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, December 4, 2021.

Soccer star Mo Salah under fire for Christmas photo

Many fans saw the photo of Salah under a Christmas tree as going against the principles of the Muslim faith

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Ghana's then soccer coach, Avram Grant, smiles during a training session at the Stade de Sogara in Port-Gentil, Gabon, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.

Algerian players boycott soccer match with Israeli coach

North African country officially does not recognize the Jewish state

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Algeria's players celebrate their win in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 semi-final football match between Qatar and Algeria at the Al-Thumama stadium in the Qatari capital of Doha on December 15, 2021.

Algeria, Tunisia advance to FIFA Arab Cup Final

North African neighbors to play in title match of Qatar-hosted tournament this Saturday

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Magnus Carlsen of Norway looks at the board after winning the FIDE World Championship at Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 10, 2021.

Magnus Carlsen wins World Chess Championship

After over three hours, Carlsen achieved his fifth win in five world championship matches

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino (R) and Jordan's Prince Ali Al Hussein (L) attend the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 group C football match at the Education City Stadium in Ar-Rayyan, Qatar, on December 1, 2021.

FIFA president thanks Arab Cup’s 'number one team' in Qatar

Infantino also referred to the importance of ensuring a fair and transparent game during his address

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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, makes the starting move of game five between Norway's World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (R) and Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, during the FIDE World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 1, 2021.

Dubai Expo hosts the World Chess Championship

Competitors at the World Chess Championships are playing for a grand prize of $2.5 million