M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. Tsk, tsk USA Basketball ('cause I UNDERSTAND them must have given the copy an once over.) Please do your part to stop the marginalization of the girls who play for USA Basketball. The USA Women's U18 National Team (3-0) hit a record-tying 31 free throws and received double-figure point production Beautiful Women from eight players as the Americans rolled past Puerto Rico (0-3), 108-44, on June 25 in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
For decades the prohibition focused largely on football stadiums (the most famous sport in Iran), but women were allowed to congregate and see matches in public squares, which became popular during the 2010 World Cup. Before the EURO Cup, in 2012, Iran expanded the ban to include any region or stadium and volleyball and wrestling matches. Ever since then, women and men have been prohibited from watching matches together in public spaces, cafes, or restaurants. To bar women from stadiums in a sports-loving nation like Iran is a form of exclusion so perverse that it has propelled much activity. Days after, deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmad declared that Iran would let women into arenas.
Fadhila Hajji is proud to have played a leading role in making competitive football a reality for Irish Muslim women in their own teens and 20s. Hardline clerics insist that it's unsuitable where they would unnecessarily be blending with men outside their families to have women at matches, where the male players wear shorts, and where, the clerics say, there is commonly vulgar language and conduct. However, non-Iranian women are let to support visiting teams in Iran, and have freely attended games—one of the things that has made the prohibition more intolerable for those subject to it.