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Elected women board members confident of bringing in change

28 Sep 2021 By ASHOK PUROHIT

Muscat – On Tuesday, for the first time the newly-elected board members of the various sports associations, Oman Committee for Women Sports (OCWS) members and women sports department officials met at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth (MCSY).

Following the meeting, the participants exuded confidence, hope and a bright future for women sports in Oman. They were unanimous in committing their full-fledged efforts to bringing in a change in women sports in the country.

The meeting, chaired by Sayyida Sanaa al Busaidi, OCWS chairwoman, was organised by the sports ministry’s women’s sports department and was attended by six of the seven elected board members along with woman board member of the Oman Table Tennis
Association (OTTA).

Attending the meeting were Saada al Ismaili (OCWS vice-chairwoman), Hon Lujaina Mohsin Haider (Oman Football Association), Abeer al Zadjali (Oman Handball Association), Khoula al Rawahi (Oman Athletics Association), Madiha al Suleimani (Oman Swimming Association), Saada al Azri (Oman Volleyball Association), Hiba al Naabi (Oman Basketball Association), Maryam al Hosni, member of the OCWS, and Maryam al Alawi (OTTA).

Saada al Ismaili gave a presentation and spoke about the challenges faced by women in sports in the sultanate.
The participants thanked H H Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, for issuing a decision earlier this year making it mandatory for sports associations under the Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) to have an elected woman board member.

Hon Lujaina, who had been the president of Sidab Club nearly two decades ago, said ‘she was happy to serve women sports in Oman’. “My victory in the OFA elections also brings a lot of responsibilities. I promise to make a difference in women sports in Oman with focus on women’s football,” she said.

All the participants admitted that there were lot of challenges to develop women sports but having a voice in the respective sports associations will definitely spur the growth of women sports movement in the country.

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