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Female coach trains male boxers in Egypt

A female boxing coach is training men in the sport in deeply traditional Upper Egypt.
Sabah Abdel Halim is seen in her gym in Beni Suef, Egypt.

In Beni Suef in the south of Egypt, boxing coach Sabah Abdel Halim, 36, stands inside a small training hall, giving instructions to male players inside a boxing ring. She trains a group of young men two days a week.

“I have had my share of disapproval and criticism ever since I started doing what I do. Not only because I am a woman who trains men, but also because I'm doing this while living in Upper Egypt, where it is not common for a woman to play any sport, let alone practice sports around men,” Abdel Halim told Al-Monitor.

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