Muslim Woman, Photo by Faramarz, via Flickr - CCA girls’ school in Saudi Arabia has defied a religious ban on female sports by erecting basketball hoops and letting pupils play at break-time, the daily al-Watan reported on Wednesday.

The school in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province has now become the first state-run girls school openly to encourage sports, Watan reported, quoting a supervisor as saying it would expend pupils’ energy “in a positive way.”

Powerful clerics in the conservative Islamic kingdom have long spoken against allowing girls to play sports.

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