When 3-on-3 basketball makes its debut at the Tokyo Olympics, referee Sarah Gamal will also be making a breakthrough, as an Arab and African woman officiating at the games. “From the start of my journey, I haven’t heard one negative comment or faced any obstacles to me, being a veiled woman. The veil for me is normal and doesn’t cause any problems,” said Gamal. She fell in love with basketball at the age of five, when she learned from her older sister. Gamal then switched to refereeing at age 16 “because I had a great passion for a deeper understanding of the rules.” As for her future, Gamal says, “I want to make it to the men and women’s World Cups and to maintain the trust the international body has put in me so far.”

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