Hamrani is also involved in shaping the new public school sports curriculum. AFP / AMER HILABI
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Throwing punches in a gym tucked away from prying eyes, a Saudi female boxing trainer asserts a right long-denied to many women in the conservative kingdom – the right to exercise.Relying on word-of-mouth publicity in a country where exercising in public is culturally deemed unbecoming for women, Hamrani is working to empower a generation with little to no exposure to sports.The kingdom has since then been granting more prestige to the idea, appointing Princess Reema bint Bandar to oversee women's sports in the kingdom in 2016 .Hamrani is involved in shaping the new public school sports curriculum.As the daughter of an American mother and Saudi father, she enjoyed a privilege denied most Saudi girls, in that her parents were open-minded and encouraged sports from an early age.Holding back women's sports is an acute shortage of professional female athletes and coaches.Women's gyms are slowly proliferating, but the idea of mixed gender sports remains taboo.
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