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Kuwait ‘ice ladies’ lace up for world hockey tournament

In their red, white and blue uniforms, Kuwait's first female ice hockey team is training hard in the desert ahead of their debut world tournament later this month. Affectionately dubbed the "ice ladies" by local media, athletes in hijab or with their hair hastily tied in topknots pull on their helmets before taking to the rink in the Kuwaiti capital -- where temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on a sunny October afternoon. "It's totally new, girls playing this sort of demanding sport here in Kuwait and…