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Tokyo 2020: First Female Muslim Referee Making Olympic History

Written by Bunmi Abdulraheem

Sara Gamal, an Egyptian civil engineer and basketball player-turned-referee is about to make Olympic history.

She will be the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to referee basketball at the Games.

Not only that, but the form of basketball she’s refereeing is itself making a debut in Tokyo this July.

3×3 basketball is thought to be the world’s most-played urban team sport, which has grown out of the game played worldwide in parks and recreation areas, known as Streetball, Blacktop or Playground Ball.

It is estimated that 182 countries and more than 430,000 players worldwide play 3×3.

Sara will also be the first Arab and African woman to officiate 3×3 basketball at the Olympics.

“Every time I achieve something and think that it’s the biggest thing, Allah surprises me and opens up a new opportunity which is even bigger than before,” she said.