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Dr. Razan Baker

Dr. Razan Baker is a member of the board of directors at the Saudi Bowling Federation, a specialist in corporate social responsibility in sports, and a sports columnist/journalist.

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How sport can bring communities together and attract investment

Sport has many benefits, of course, from health to economics to tourism. But I am focusing, in this column, on how sport can make people feel at home, and part of a community — particularly expatriates.

May 26, 2019

It is time to nurture the first generation of Saudi female sports stars

A few days ago I was surprised to receive a message from a friend asking whether any of the soccer clubs in the country would be interested in sponsoring her friend, a Saudi woman who is currently training abroad.

April 28, 2019

Taste of trouble: Why teens should say no to protein shakes




Teenagers nowadays are taking shortcuts to bulk up faster, but at a cost to their health. (AFP)

April 15, 2019

Why outdoor sport makes winners of us all

A question for parents: Do you normally allow your children to play sport outdoors? If so, for how long? I know many parents who do not out of fear their children might get heat stroke, for example. 

February 17, 2019

Sport and religion can be forces for good together

In 2017 Netflix showed a series of sports documentaries examining the devotion and obsession of sports fans and how they viewed their sporting passion as a religion, coining the term “sportuality.”

February 09, 2019

High time Saudi sport stars shared their stories

As someone who loves sport and reading it will not shock you to learn that I am a huge fan of sport biographies. The best ones make you feel like the author is your best friend and have just shared a fascinating chat over a few coffees, having read them. 

January 26, 2019