Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Saudi cleric urges ban on women's sport in kingdom

Last updated May 23, 2010 7:01 a.m. PT

Saudi cleric urges ban on women's sport in kingdom
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A senior cleric has urged the Saudi government to uphold a ban on women's sports in the kingdom in the face of increasing demand to ease the restrictions.

Sheik Abdul Karim al-Khudhair said in a statement Sunday that sports are "corrupting" and "satanic" for women. Instead, he urged women to stay at home.

Al-Khudair is a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, which is in charge of the kingdom's Islamic affairs.

The Saudi Education Ministry has recently announced that starting next school year it will introduce a new curriculum in the country's schools that includes programs to provide social skills and creativity.

Some critics have demanded that sports also be introduced to girl schools.

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