First Saudi female hockey team to break the ice with a license

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By Sami Bougas

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — A group of girls in the city are seeking a license to play hockey for what could be called the first Saudi team in this sport.

After training in the last few weeks under the supervision of coach Sultan Salama, the Saudi girls are hoping to break the ice by bringing recognition to this sport.

Salama revealed to Okaz that the team supports the widely loved sport and we’re working to obtain an official license from the General Sport Authority (GSA).

“The girls are hoping that the hockey teams will be supported and provided with an Olympic arena (with an ice rink) for practicing,” Salama said.

“I have been practicing this sport for almost two years, and I have trained on some skills by watching YouTube tutorials,” said Dajana Bahader (one of the team members). “I want to be part of this women’s team that brings together a group of talent that aspires to reach the world,” she said.

“I started practicing this as a hobby when I was 12 years old, and today I am a member of this team with a group of girls who are eager to provide more and develop our abilities,” Maria Bakhsh, another member of the team, said.


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