fatma al nabhani calls for all arab women to shine in sport in new nike video

A new nike documentary focuses on the trials and tribulations that Arab women face in sport.

25 March 2015, 1:05am

"This is the time for Arab women to shine in the world of sport," says Oman's leading tennis player and only professional sportswoman from the Gulf, Fatma Al-Nabhani, in a new short film for Nike, directed by British filmmaker Poppy de Villeneuve. Set against the wider context of women in sport, in particular those in the Middle East, the documentary focuses on the sheer passion and determination with which Fatma has been able to carve out a career and the many hurdles she is yet to face in order to establish herself as a global competitor. While Oman is seenas pretty progressive in terms of gender equality, there is still a huge lack when it comes to women in sport, which meant Fatma had to train without a professional coach, while relying on her family for support and motivation. "When I started I was the only female tennis player, I was unable to build a team, or play tournaments and had to travel to be a part of a sport community," she says, "my dream is of course is to continue progressing so that I may become one of the top players in the world. Through this I hope I can be a source of encouragement for a younger generation." For a peek into Fatma's inspiring story, just take a look at the video on nike.com