Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saudi Arabia's First Female Olympic Athletes




Saudi Arabia's first female Olympic athletes,Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani,Sarah Attar,hijabs 
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.

8 comments:

  1. This is a good development for Saudi to send in women to the Olympics for the first time. I just hope that there would be no further controversy going into the Olympics.

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  2. wow this is a great news! Finally! At least now they are giving their ladies a proper recognition, maybe not yet as man's equal but at least there's progress.

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  3. This is a good development and such as relief for those women in Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Quatar. Women must be empowered.

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  4. Surprisingly this news is good. Time to empower women in Saudi Arabia,Quatar and Brunei :) Expecting to have more development from these countries in the coming months.

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  5. yes coming out of its shel really a great thing to do. Good sign for saudi arabia for a change! thanks for sharing!

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  6. its a good thing that saudi is finally allowing women to compete. at least gender discrimination is slowly being adressed.

    Rovie, The Bargain Doll

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  7. Like it said during the opening ceremonies..THIS IS FOR EVERYONE. Man and woman alike. I hope women in these countries will experience what WE experience in our lives. After all, this is just one shot we got in life. Only one. =)

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  8. Wow...this is great... I believe women must really be given the chance to join the fun and show how good they are...

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