RIYADH - Increasingly popular sports clubs and gyms for women in Saudi Arabia face shut-down because the government only licenses men's clubs, a Saudi newspaper reported on Sunday.
Dozens of privately-established women-only gyms around the country, which strictly separates men and women outside family venues, could be closed because there is no regulatory authority for them, the Arab News said.
While the General Presidency for Sport and Youth Welfare has the authority over men's gyms, it has not been allowed to regulate those for women, according to the report.
That means that the women's gyms springing up in major cities are unlicensed and illegal, according to the report.
Female Saudi fitness fans frequently complain of the lack of places to exercise outside the home, since they cannot go to men's clubs.
Saudi Arabia's conservative brand of Islam strictly forbids the mix
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