As sport enters another pivotal year in 2020, athletes from across the Gulf will be looking to make their mark on the big stage.

While football superstars like Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez will be at the forefront again, there are many others determined to shine over the next 12 months and grab their opportunity in the spotlight, some of them with the Olympics in Tokyo the pinnacle of their careers.

Meanwhile, Arab women have made great strides on the international sports stage in recent years, and 2020 promises to be another year when women from the region continue to make their mark.

Reem Abulleil takes a look at 20 of the top Arab sports stars for 2020


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