LONDON: One thousand female athletes will be taking part in the fourth edition of Arab Women Sports Tournament scheduled to kick off in the UAE on Feb. 2, the Supreme Organizing Committee. Those competing come from 69 clubs across the Middle East and North African countries, making it the largest participation in the tournament to date, Egypt’s daily Ahram Online reported. Saudi Arabia will participate in most of the activities, including table tennis, athletics, basketball, fencing and Karate. “Seeing Saudi sportswomen participating underscores the dedication and commitment of all sporting organizations across the Arab world and the importance of developing female athletes in all competitions,” Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Chairperson of AWST Supreme Organizing Committee said. Other participating nations include Bahrain, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, Palestine, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Somalia, Djibouti, Kuwait, Oman, Sudan, Iraq and host nation the UAE. The tournament is being held under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohamed Al-Qassimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah and chairperson of the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation. Under the title “The World is Your Court, Together Victorious”, the 11-day event will run until 12 February at 10 new sports facilities in Sharjah.