Updated 06 January 2020
Arab News

6 Arab athletes changing the game

These boundary-breaking Arab athletes will inspire you to aim for a more active 2020. Read on for the female athletes who are changing the face of sport.

  • Manal Rostom

    The Egyptian athlete and Nike + Run Club Coach also founded a Facebook community called “Surviving Hijab” with more than 600,000 members.

  • Nouf Al-Osaimi

    Born and raised in Taif, Saudi Arabia, Al-Osaimi is a scuba diver who has worked as an underwater photographer and diving guide and now trains newbies. 

  • Zahra Lari

    The first-ever Emirati figure skater to compete internationally, Lari started skating at 13 and was initially inspired by the movie “Ice Princess.”

  • Sarah Attar

    Sarah Attar is a Saudi-American track and field athlete who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics as one of the first two female Olympians representing Saudi Arabia.

  • Inès Boubakri

    Inès Boubakri is a Tunisian foil fencer. She is an Olympian who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer games in Brazil. 

  • Farida Osman

    The Egyptian competitive swimmer, who specializes in butterfly and freestyle events, is the fastest female swimmer in Egypt and Africa. She most recently competed in the 2019 World Championships held in South Korea.