Saudi Arabia's first female Olympic athletes made their first appearance at the opening ceremony to the London Olympic Games on Friday, dressed in traditional hijabs and not in their sports uniform. This is the first time that a female in ME breaks in the barrier against their traditional belief.
According to history, Saudi Arabia was one of the three countries, including Brunei and Qatar, who never sent female delegates to the Olympics but the latter two confirmed earlier this year that their delegations will include women.
Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani and Sarah Attar are due to compete in the +78kg category in judo and 800 metres respectively after Saudi Arabia broke with its practice of sending male-only teams to the world's biggest multi-sports event and gave in the chance to their women to join and participates in sports.
On Thursday, International Judo Federation president Marius Vizer said Shaherkani would have to fight without a hijab - a decision that is likely to sparks controversy in Saudi Arabia, where female participation in sports has been a long controversial issue.