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A traditional Iranian sport has been closed off to women. One activist wants to change that.

Women & Gender

Varzeshe Pahlavani is a mix of martial arts, wrestling and calisthenics. It has deep roots in Persian tradition going back centuries. The sport is officially closed off to women, but one female Iranian activist is trying to change that.


New Kings and Queens soccer leagues enlist internet stars to revamp sport

Two players from Boston bruins and Montreal Canadiens hockey teams talk to each other on the ice

Montreal Canadiens superfans brace for historic record to be smashed

The Singh family in a promotional video for the specially designed Bold Helmets.

This mom couldn’t find sports helmets to accommodate her sons’ Sikh religious requirements, so she designed her own

Lifestyle & Belief
Victor Wembanyama, player from the Metropolitans 92 during a game against the Elan Bearnais, in Levallois Perret, near Paris, Tuesday, Sept.27, 2022.

French basketballer ‘Wemby’ aims for a shot in the NBA

Angella Okutoyi, 18, seen wearing a red shirt and swinging a ball with her racket, is Kenya's fastest-rising tennis star.

Kenyan tennis star Angella Okutoyi inspires a new generation


Even since 18-year-old Angella Okutoyi’s Wimbledon win last month, she’s been getting a lot of attention at home from aspiring tennis players. Her ascension in the sport comes after a long road of hard work, perseverance and determination against the odds.

Soccer may be China’s national sport, but enthusiasm for frisbee — a quintessential American sport — is soaring in China.

The rise of Ultimate Frisbee as a team sport in China


Soccer may be China’s national sport, but enthusiasm for frisbee — a quintessential American sport — is growing in China. Ultimate Frisbee is one of the few no-contact, mixed-gender sports in the country. And that may be one of the reasons that women, especially, are now flocking to it. 

Sri Lankan fans take a selfie during a cricket match with Australia in Colombo.

‘An air of hope’: Sri Lankans see cricket as a welcome distraction from the country’s economic, political woes


Australia and Sri Lanka are usually bitter rivals on the pitch during cricket matches. But Sri Lankans are welcoming the Australian team and its fans as a much-needed distraction from their country’s recent political and economic turmoil.

Runners training for the Boston Marathon

Far from the sidelines of the Boston Marathon, Ukrainian runners keep up their training


The Boston Marathon has long been a haven for runners from across the globe. This year marks the first race on Patriots’ Day since 2019, as the world’s most famous marathon returns to full strength — or, at least, something like it. While the celebration of running has been years in the making, April 18 will be another loss in a flood of sacrifice for Ukrainians.

Wu Dajing of China, races in his men's 500-meters heat during the short track speedskating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

China is boosting its efforts to nab gold medals at the Olympics


China is trying its best to increase the number of gold medals that athletes can win on its behalf at the Olympic Games, not just in Beijing, but in future competitions. Some strategies include recruiting foreign athletes or teaching winter sports to athletes used to playing summer games.