Riyadh: A pioneering "women-only" sports centre has been opened in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of Khobar. The sports centre plans to recruit foreigners to work there, according to a newspaper.

The centre will offer sports like karate, weight-loss courses and special courses for children.

Ultra-conservative nation Saudi Arabia in May gave the go-ahead for private sports lessons for girls.

Saudi Arabia was one of the three countries fielding female athletes for the first time at London 2012 Olympics but only a minority of Saudi women practice sports regularly.


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