By The Associated Press (CP) – 6 days ago
GAZA, Palestinian Territories — About 40 women in tracksuits and headscarves have competed in a rare track meet in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The athletes ran 100, 400 and 1,500 metres in Saturday's championship. Some raced barefoot and others waved to cheering spectators during their races.
Runner Ghada al-Zamt came third in the 1,500 metres. She says women's athletics are not encouraged in Gaza. Participants in Saturday's meet included university students and amateur athletes.
Gaza's Muslim rulers — and most residents — disapprove of women's sports because it can reveal their body shape. It is also difficult for athletes to compete internationally because Gaza's borders have been virtually sealed by Israel and Egypt since the Hamas takeover in 2007.