Saudi Arabia approves Yoga as ‘sports activity’
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Saudi Arabia has approved Yoga as a “sports activity.”

The Saudi Ministry of Trade and Industry listed Yoga under “sports activities”, allowing citizens of the kingdom to practice or propagate it by getting a licence from the government.

A 37-year old woman Nouf Marwaai is said to the at forefront of the yoga campaign in Saudi .

“Finally her efforts have paid off,” according to a report by India Today.

“Marwaai, who teaches yoga to thousands in the Islamic nation has had an uphill task to make the profession official. She started approaching the authorities in 2005 but to no avail. She finally approached the princess, a member of the Royal Council, who started the basketball for women in Saudi Arabia who assured her that things are changing and they will soon approve sports for women.”

“Princess Reema Bint Bandar Alsaud was chosen to be the Deputy of the General Sports Authority and she welcomed all leaders in any sports for women to approach her directly. Sports have been allowed for women this year and driving as well.”

Two years ago, in 2015, after the United Nations declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, Indian diplomatic missions in Saudi had organized yoga sessions in many Indian schools there. Nouf Al Marwaai is the first credited Saudi woman teaching yoga and has been recognized as the driving force behind the development of yoga in Saudi Arabia.

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