fatma al nabhani calls for all arab women to shine in sports

A new Nike documentary focuses on the trials and tribulations that Arab women face in sports.

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Mar 24 2015, 5:18pm

"This is the time for Arab women to shine in the world of sports," 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 Villineuve. Considering the wider context of women in sports, particularly 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, as well as the many hurdles she is yet to face in order to establish herself as a global competitor. 

While Oman is considered pretty progressive in terms of gender equality, there is still a huge lack when it comes to women in sports. Fatma had to train without a professional coach, 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 sports 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. I hope I can be a source of encouragement for a younger generation." For a peek into Fatma's inspiring story, take a look at the video on nike.com