A women's's basketball team was only a year ago completely out of the question. People, especially the 160 girls who showed up to try out, would have been risking their lives and the lives of their families. Today, life in most of Iraq are safe enough for normal life to return, life without fear of death for simply playing a hoop game.
First women's basketball school in SulaimaniyaPresident Eisenhower said, "People want peace so much that governments are just going to have get out of their way and let them have it." Whether or not Islamofascists, or traditionalists, or clerics, mullahs, and imams like it, a brave new world is descending on Iraq and it can't be stopped. Normal life has come and people like it.
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 26 /01 /2008
Baghdad, Jan 26, (VOI) – A U.S. basketball coach opened the first women's basketball school in Sulaimaniya city in an attempt to revive the sport and boost its popularity, Iraq's basketball federation chief said on Saturday.
"On Friday, a U.S. coach, Depp Backot, inaugurated a basketball school for women with the aim of training girls and holding training courses for coaches," Hussein al-Amidi told Aswat al-Iraq, Voices of Iraq, (VOI).
According to al-Amidi, 160 girls applied for the test and only 50 have been chosen to join the program, which aims to boost the sport in the country.
All of the school requirements have been provided, al-Amidi indicated, noting that the U.S. coach has chosen the closed hall in al-Sulaimaniya Sports Club as a headquarters for the school.
Backot has completed a tour of schools across the city to raise girls' awareness of the sport.
Sulaimaniya, one of the major cities in Iraq's Kurdistan region, lies 364 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
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