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Saudi Arabia will enter women for London Olympics

☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/06/25 14:23:40

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will enter women athletes in the Olympics for the first time ever in London this summer, the Islamic kingdom's London embassy said on Sunday.
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Human rights groups had called on the International Olympic Committee to bar Saudi Arabia from competing in London, citing its failure ever to send a woman athlete to a Games and its ban on sports in girls' state schools.
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Powerful Muslim clerics in the ultra-conservative state have repeatedly spoken out against the participation of girls and women in sports.

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In Saudi Arabia women hold a lower legal status to men, are banned from driving and need a male guardian's permission to work, travel or open a bank account.
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Under King Abdullah, however, the government has pushed for them to have better education and work opportunities and allowed them to vote in future municipal elections, the only public polls held in the kingdom.

"The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking forward to its complete participation in the London 2012 Olympic Games through the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, which will oversee the participation of women athletes who can qualify for the games," said a statement published on the embassy website.

In April the head of the kingdom's General Presidency of Youth Welfare, the body that regulates sports in Saudi Arabia, said it would not prevent women from competing but that they would not have official government endorsement.

The IOC said on Monday that talks with the Saudis were "ongoing" and that "we are working to ensure the participation of Saudi women at the Games in London."


The head of the kingdom's Olympic mission, Khalid al-Dakheel, told Reuters on Sunday evening however he was unaware of any developments allowing women to participate.

Top Saudi clerics, who hold government positions and have always constituted an important support base for the ruling al-Saud royal family, have spoken against female participation in sports.

In 2009 a senior cleric said girls risked losing their virginity by tearing their hymens if they took part in energetic sport.

Perhaps the most likely woman candidate to compete under the Saudi flag in London, equestrian Dalma Malhas, represented the kingdom at the junior Olympics in Singapore in 2010, but without official support or recognition.

Physical education is banned in girls' state schools in the kingdom, but Saudi Arabia's only female deputy minister, Noura al-Fayez, has written to Human Rights Watch saying there is a plan to introduce it.

it is Funny because Everyone knows the Olympics was originally Started by the ancient Greek Pagans and they allowed men and women to compete
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  • JD 2012/08/13 11:20:54
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... JD 2012/08/13 12:45:51
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    i posted this june 25th and NOW you post on this poll

    your Too late the Olympics is Over
  • misterz 2012/06/26 16:45:23
    misterz
    +1
    A step in the right direction.
  • Fenris 2012/06/26 12:48:30
    Fenris
    I wonder what them arabs are up too!?!
  • carrotcat 2012/06/26 05:58:22
    carrotcat
    I'm hoping that they win a medal or a few.
  • Mel 2012/06/26 01:12:13
    Mel
    +1
    I can imagine what they'll be wearing especially for track and field events. They clothing might be too restrictive.
  • handimom 2012/06/25 23:41:23
    handimom
    +1
    I am glad that they women may be allowed to compete, but will they and the olympics be safe from the handful that do not want to see change?
  • merlinskiss 2012/06/25 19:14:16
    merlinskiss
    +1
    Will wonders never cease? Let's hope their garb and religion does not hold them back.
  • Wolverineland 2012/06/25 18:45:59
    Wolverineland
    +1
    Just because your male athletes never win any medals is no reason to hold the ladies back. It's a baby step forward so good job & good luck in the Olympics.
  • BritPunk 2012/06/25 18:41:29
    BritPunk
    +1
    "t is Funny because Everyone knows the Olympics was originally Started by the ancient Greek Pagans and they allowed men and women to compete"
    Really?
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... BritPunk 2012/06/25 18:51:58
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +3
    yes the Ancient Greek Pagans started the olympics

    Women had Races and Archery and a few others
    yes the men had more sports
  • BritPunk ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/06/26 08:23:09
    BritPunk
    Ah ok, thx :-)
  • Walaa 2012/06/25 18:35:22
    Walaa
    +1
    Thats a good step. I dont get it however, even in "Prophet Mohammeds" time women worked, were business women, communicated with men normally, even participated in wars through providing medical aid in war zones and they still believe women should not participate.
    And if I may add, women are not allowed to drive get permission in certain things ONLY IN SAUDI no where else in the Middle East. So its not all like that.
  • Bingo's Faddah 2012/06/25 15:02:55 (edited)
    Bingo's Faddah
    +2
    The entire Saud family will burn in hell for eternity for corrupting the will of the Prophet and almighty God. So there!



    saud family burn eternity corrupting prophet almighty god


    "In Saudi Arabia women hold a lower legal status to men.....". Just like in the good old USA.

    Blessed Be!
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Bingo's... 2012/06/25 15:34:50
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2
    i swear its like the only people with any common sense are the Athiests , Pagans and Buddhists
  • misterz ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/06/26 16:46:22
    misterz
    +1
    Ain't that the truth!

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