Saudi Arabia Sends Two Women Athletes To Compete In London Olympics. Is This A Step In The Right Direction For Females To Achieve Equality In Muslim Countries?
The London Olympics will be the first ever to include women athletes from every competing nation after Saudi Arabia agreed to send female athletes, following protracted negotiations and heavy lobbying. Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani in judo and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar will take part in the Olympics. Although neither of the athletes had qualified to compete in the Olympics, they received special invitations from the International Olympic Committee "based on the quality of the athletes."
IOC President Jacques Rogge said he is "very pleased" that Saudi Arabia had finally agreed to send female athletes. "We've looked at those who are the closest to qualifying standards and those were these two athletes. That's always the bottom line in all these invitations."
Rights groups have hailed the decision as a step forward for Saudi women, but said the fundamental problem of segregation remained firmly in place.
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