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Young women from South Lebanon challenge the male-dominated world of football

14-5-2018

In a feature published on Saturday, Al Akhbar daily wrote that a few miles from the entrance to the southern town of Tayrdibbah, young women and girls dressed in sportswear run whole-heartedly to the stadium looking forward to enter the world of football. The girls, who come from the villages of Tairdibba, Qana, Bidias, Bazurieh, Ansar and Bleeda, have formed the nucleus of the ‘Tayrdibbah Stars Club’ which recently joined the Lebanese Football Federation. On the subject, the newspaper spoke to the club chief, Abbas Taleb, who said that despite the lack of support and his bearing the material costs personally along with the team’s administrative committee, and despite the moral war started against him, he will carry on, believing that this project gives girls a chance to be themselves. “This will certainly be a new beginning for girls’ and women’s sports in the area in general, as well as, a window that reflects the social and cultural reality away from prevalent stereotypes,” Taleb maintained. (For more on the feature, kindly refer to the link: https://goo.gl/YiZzj8). On the other hand, the vice president of Al Waleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation, Leila Solh Hamadeh, honored Al Riyadi’s Women’s Team after its participation in the East Europe League and its qualification for the quarter-finals as well as its winning the Lebanese Cup and West Asia Cup for the 4th consecutive time. (Al Akhbar, Al Diyar, May 12, 14, 2018)

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