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HonestChieffan
02-18-2012, 06:35 AM
Saudi Arabia says no to women Olympians
Joseph Mayton | 17 February 2012 |


CAIRO: Less than three months after Saudi Arabia said it would permit women to participate in the London 2012 Olympic Games, it has reportedly reneged on their agreement, barring women from entering the Games.

The move will also threaten the country’s overall participation in the Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee saying that all countries must field female athletes as part of their teams.

The decision has been roundly criticized by human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), which said in a press release that the move is counter to the Olympic Charter, which says, “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit.”

HRW said it shouldn’t be too surprising, however, as state-run schools offer no physical education for girls and only men belong to sports clubs in the country.

“In fact, government restrictions on women essentially bar them from sports,” a new report says, HRW reported.

The IOC Women’s Chair Anita DeFrantz warned the country in 2010 that if female athletes are not allowed to participate, the country could face being banned from the global competition.

Dalma Rushdi Malhas, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, was the likely choice for the competition. She won a bronze medal at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics and has the ability to compete at the highest level.

The OIC required each country to field at least one woman in the Youth Olympics and Saudi Arabia included Malhas in its delegation.

In response to comments by the International Olympic Committee, last year Saudi Arabia said it would not oppose participation by a Saudi woman in the London Olympics – but that it would not invite her as part of its official team.

“Human Rights Watch urges the International Olympic Committee to uphold the values of the Olympic Charter and condition Saudi Arabia’s participation in the London 2012 Olympics on the country taking steps to end discrimination against women in sports,” HRW said in their statement.

http://bikyamasr.com/57493/saudi-arabia-says-no-to-women-olympians/

baitism
02-18-2012, 08:02 AM
There are going to be some sandy vaginas....

pr_capone
02-18-2012, 10:45 AM
I can't think of many things that I care less about than the Olympics.

Lonewolf Ed
02-18-2012, 10:50 AM
The Saudis may as well be from another planet altogether. On another note, I will laugh my ass off if it rains all through the Olympics in London.

Rain Man
02-18-2012, 11:18 AM
Not really sure why the Olympics would ban South Africa for not allowing blacks to compete and wouldn't ban Saudi Arabia for not allowing women to compete.

Actually, was South Africa banned for not allowing blacks to complete, or was it just a political statement against the whole apartheid system?

MIAdragon
02-18-2012, 11:27 AM
The Saudis may as well be from another planet altogether. On another note, I will laugh my ass off if it rains all through the Olympics in London.

I hope not, its going to be my first time going to the Olympics.