Mon. Oct 26th, 2020

Time 100: Mohamed Salah uses platform to promote equality

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Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah has used his platform as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people to promote gender equality.

Salah is one of the most prominent Muslim sportsmen in the world and said he felt that women deserved more respect in his culture and in the middle east.

The popular but soft spoken footballer is one of the magazine’s six cover stars. The others featured are singer Taylor Swift, actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, actor Sandra Oh, TV news presenter Gayle King and US politician Nancy Pelosi.

“I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture,” Salah told Time. “It’s not optional.”

“I support the woman more than I did before, because I feel like she deserves more than what they give her now at the moment.”

Salah is arguably the biggest football star ever to come out of Egypt and helped lead his country to their first ever World Cup in 2018. The Liverpool forward feels a little intimidated by the position which he feels puts pressure on him to be a positive role model.

“To be the first Egyptian in [this] situation and no one has done this before … it’s something different.

“I just live my life normal,” he said. “Most of the time I stay at home, I don’t like to go out.

“People always have big expectations from you.

“You see the kids, they’re wearing your shirt and they say they wish they could be like you one day.

“So they put you under pressure a bit, but that is something that makes you proud about what you have reached until now.”

Salah was one of three sports stars named in the list alongside South Africa’s trailblazing athlete Caster Semenya and young Japan tennis sensation Naomi Osaka.

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