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Latest News Wires Saudi Arabia moves to allow girls to play sports in school

For the first time, the Shoura Council, which advises the Saudi government, recommended that girls be allowed to play sports in state-run schools if they conform to Sharia rules on dress and gender segregation.

By Angus McDowall and Yara BayoumyReuters / April 9, 2014

Saudi authorities have been asked to consider lifting a state school ban on sports for girls, according to the official SPA news agency, in a religiously conservative country that included women in its Olympic team for the first time only two years ago.