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Postby Cl11234566 » February 14th, 2020, 12:33 am

Under the bright lights of a local soccer field in Kuwait City in June, buzzing spectators and onlookers witnessed a sporting event rarely seen in the country of Kuwait: a womens soccer tournament.The event, called Footb(ball) for All, was hosted by 80 Percent, a social enterprise founded by Najat AlSayegh. Over eight days, the tournament showcased 130 female Kuwaiti footballers, who filled out 12 teams competing to become the leagues champions.For a country in which women regained the right to vote just 11 years ago, an all-female soccer tournament viewed by approximately 850 people is a step forward as Kuwait continues to inch toward gender equality.Opportunity for women to play sports in Kuwait, though slowly improving, has been unequal to the resources available to men. Football is considered the top sport in Kuwait, but traditionally that popularity has been restricted to men, despite a large interest from women.When it comes football in Kuwait, we have a lot of good women players,?AlSayegh said. But they didnt find any support previously from the government or private sector.Women often struggle to find a platform to practice the sports they enjoy. Two-time Olympic swimmer Faye Sultan, Kuwaits lone female representative at this summers Rio Olympics, told Al-Jazeera in August that she had a difficult time finding an Olympic swimming pool to train in and had to settle for early-morning training prior to mens practices.In Kuwait, we have beautiful facilities, Sultan said. Its just that for a girl, they are so much harder to access.AlSayegh, 29, experienced much of the same inequality growing up in Kuwait City, so she has dedicated herself to both fighting for and empowering women through sport.After receiving a degree in political science from Kuwait University, AlSayegh worked in various political roles, including the 2009 parliamentary campaign of Aseel al-Awadhi, one of the first four women elected to Kuwaiti Parliament. AlSayegh spent three years working with the Kuwaiti ministry of youth affairs, focusing on youth leadership and development. She now works for the Kuwaiti public authority of youth and is the head of the international relations department.Although AlSayegh understands that womens equality in Kuwait must come in the form of governmental support and legislative change, her main vehicle for empowering women, on an interpersonal level, has been sport.AlSayegh has worked to strike a balance between politics and sport, as well as between the public and private sectors, to create change in her country. So far, shes been successful. Her soccer tournament was not only sponsored by the Kuwaiti government, but the championship game was attended by Kuwaits minister of youth and sports. That made it the first womens tournament he has attended, AlSayegh said.Sports is a language that everyone can speak -- young, old, from different backgrounds, different religions as well, AlSayegh said.?AlSayeghs advocacy is also geared toward making an impact on Kuwaits public health crisis. The country has one of the highest obesity rates in the world.These high rates will affect women in many ways, AlSayegh said. If you have obese women, they are going to have obese kids, and the snowball effect is going to happen. Its a real issue and a problem that needs to be cured.In 2015, AlSayegh traveled to the United States as one of 16 participants in the Global Sports Mentoring Program, which matches emerging female change-makers in sports from around the world with American female sport executives. AlSayegh was paired with Laura Dixon, who serves as the executive director of community responsibility for Spurs Sports & Entertainment.She was in a very hard position as a woman leading in a space -- not just in a space thats a part of the industry but a part of the world where woman have not had many advocates, Dixon said. She is making change.As part of the mentorship, AlSayegh spent a week with Dixon in San Antonio, Texas.?AlSayegh said that when it comes to the empowerment of women in sports or beyond, it isnt about a comparison between Kuwait and the U.S. or anywhere else -- more needs to be done for women universally.While in Texas, AlSayegh met influential sports figures, such as the director of womens athletics at the University of Texas, Chris Plonksy, and the general manager of the San Antonio Spurs, R.C. Buford.For AlSayegh, the most inspirational person she met while in San Antonio was Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA. Before meeting Hammon, AlSayegh watched her coach the Spurs from a meeting room in awe. Hammon was someone AlSayegh could relate to as a woman working in a male-dominated field.AlSayegh asked Hammon what it was like to coach men in the NBA, and Hammon told her she had to work hard to gain respect and be seen as an equal in the league.This was a really inspiring moment for me, AlSayegh said. As a woman, you have to keep working and never give up, even if you feel this is not your place to be.AlSayegh has no intention of slowing down, and her organization is working on constructing a womens soccer league in November. AlSayegh also has her sights set on expansion to include all Arab women athletes. She wants to expand her soccer tournament to include other women from the Gulf Cooperation Council, a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries.?Were trying to make it bigger, AlSayegh said. I really hope that I create an impact, no matter what position I am in. 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Salazars 2016 looked to be over when the All-Star was shelved in September, but hes worked his way back to help the Indians.An 11-game winner, Salazar cleared his final hurdle by pitching three simulated innings on Sunday night with manager Terry Francona, pitching coach Mickey Callaway and Clevelands front office keeping a close eye on every delivery.He threw three innings and under those circumstances, its not the easiest to probably reach your best velocity, but he was getting after it pretty good, Francona said.So after juggling his rotation for weeks with both Salazar and Carlos Carrasco (broken hand) out, Francona suddenly has another option to throw at the NL champs and their deep lineup.After Corey Kluber starts Tuesday nights opener, the Indians plan to use Trevor Bauer in Game 2 as long as his stitched pinkie is OK. FFrom there, Josh Tomlin will start Game 3 and Francona can start either Salazar or left-hander Ryan Merritt, who shut out Toronto for 4 1/3 innings in the decisive Game 5 of the ALCS.ddddddddddddeve talked about using three starters, then after the third game wed kind of see where we are, Francona said. We have Merritt, we have Danny. Neither one would pitch a full game, but between those two, you know especially with Danny, it gives you a guy that made the All-Star team that we could pitch really whenever we want.Thats about as firm as Francona can get with any plans and he joked that every decision is subject to change. After all, the Indians had to reshuffle their rotation for the ALCS when Bauer sliced his hand open while repairing a drone.Nothings official, Francona said. 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