Controversy Unfolds: Saudi Ambassador Clashes with Tennis Legends Over Women’s Tournament

Saudi Ambassador Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud addresses tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, defending Saudi Arabia against concerns about hosting the women’s tennis tour’s season-ending tournament.

Key Points:

  • Reema dismisses criticisms, stating they rely on “outdated stereotypes” and asserts sports should not be used for personal biases.
  • Emphasizes sports as a great equalizer and expresses disappointment in champions turning away from inspiring women.
  • Highlights recent social reforms in Saudi Arabia, acknowledging ongoing work toward gender equality.
  • Recognizes challenges, including same-sex relations, but argues for a healthy debate on progress.