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Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition DUBAI: Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf's conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain so now is looking elsewhere for recognition.The 32-year-old began working out a decade ago after finding a personal trainer to help her overcome obesity -- a widespread problem in the oil-rich region."I had a problem with obesity and I used to like bodybuilding," says Musawi, a square-jawed woman with curly hair pulled back in a tight ponytail.As a young girl, she would seek out publications with articles and pictures about bodybuilding."At that age, I didn't have the experience or knowhow to become a bodybuilder," she recalls. "It wasn't easy... bodybuilding for women in our society is rare."But "I was at the gym every day and to me it was more important than anything else".Musawi's family encouraged her efforts to shed weight and despite worrying about the ...

World Cup tuneup bid spices US-Mexico match WASHINGTON: Mexico's Gold Cup triumph will not be complete without a victory over the United States in an October playoff for a 2017 Confederations Cup berth, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera says.And US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, whose players settled for a fourth-place showing in their Gold Cup defense, knows that a major goal remains within reach despite a humbling loss to Jamaica and penalty shoot-out defeat by Panama in the Gold Cup.The arch-rivals will meet October ...

IOC 'confident' of strong new US bid after Boston quits KUALA LUMPUR: The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday it was "confident" the US could find a "strong candidate" to host the 2024 Games, despite Boston pulling out of the contest shortly before a mid-September nomination deadline."We are confident that the US will make the right choice and that they can still put forward a strong candidate by 15 September," the IOC said in a statement from Kuala Lumpur, where it is currently meeting.Boston announced ...

US to host first WC2018 qualifier at St. Louis CHICAGO: The United States will begin its quest for an eighth consecutive World Cup berth on home soil at St. Louis on November 13, US coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Monday.The Americans will meet either Aruba or St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the match at Busch Stadium, the home ballpark of Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals.The match will be part of the penultimate round of North American regional qualifying for the 2018 Russia World ...

Pakistan rises to 8th in ODI rankings after series win in Sri Lanka KARACHI: Pakistan has moved into eighth position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after its 3-2 series victory in Sri Lanka in the five-match series which concluded in Hambantota on Sunday."Azhar Ali's men have advanced to 90 points, two ahead of the West Indies, and now has seventh-placed Bangladesh firmly in its sights, " said an International news release issued on Monday.By virtue of finishing 8th in ICC Team Ranking and forthcoming cut out date, ...

Zaheer Abbas hopes Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan ISLAMABAD: President International Cricket Council (ICC) Zaheer Abbas has expressed the hope that Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan as both the countries are very close to each other."The time will come when our neighbours will come. I am hoping especially that Sri Lanka should come. We've been very close to each other in every department. If a gesture comes from them I will be very happy," he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Monday.Abbas, ...

Inclusion of young players added energy to cricket team: Ramiz ISLAMABAD: Former captain of Pakistan Cricket Team Ramiz Hasan Raja has said that the inclusion of some young players has injected new energy and spark to the team which was lacking since long.It was good to have young blood in the team as the fielding of the side had improved remarkably and the energy could be witnessed in the field, he said in his post-match analysis after the fifth and final one-day International against Sri ...


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