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The rise of performance-enhancing genes

May 6, 2012


A single ‘super’ gene can make a dramatic difference to an athlete’s performance. But is that fair? Chris Cooper The Observer, Sunday 6 May 2012 Caught in a gender trap. South African athlete Caster Semenya was suspended from international athletics. Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/AFP Evolution has not acted equally on men and women. This is most […]

Reema Abdullah is a role model for Saudi women athletes

March 26, 2012


Aspiring to be the first Saudi woman to carry the Olympic torch is brave in a country that condemns female physical exercise Eman Al Nafjan, Monday 26 March 2012 Reema Abdullah, Jeddah United striker and Olympic hopeful. Photograph: AP The first school I went to in Riyadh was, of course, an all-girls school. I […]

‘I’ll proudly fight for women and Afghanistan’

March 12, 2012


Sadaf Rahimi is an unlikely Olympian with a powerful sense of purpose Emine, Sunday 11 March 2012 Sadaf Rahimi, an Afghan boxer, practices at a boxing club in Kabul. Photograph: Musadeq Sadeq/ASSOCIATED PRESS If it’s unusual to see a woman representing Afghanistan at the Olympic Games, her choice of sport is even more surprising. […]

Revealed: The best and worst places to be a woman

March 4, 2012


An Independent on Sunday investigation to mark International Women’s Day unearths some surprising results… Sarah Morrison Sunday 04 March 2012 When more than half of the world’s population wakes up on Thursday – the 101st International Women’s Day – it will be hard to know whether to celebrate or give in to despair. A British […]

Female athletes challenge Saudi Muslim norms

February 17, 2012


Behind concrete walls and out of sight of men, Saudi women wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirts meet three times a week to play soccer in an all-female club in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah AP, Friday 17 Feb 2012 Cheering them on is Jeddah King’s United coach and striker Reema Abdullah, who also is […]