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Saudi rules out sending women athletes to London Olympics

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia—The head of the Saudi Olympic Committee has ruled out sending women athletes from the ultra-conservative kingdom to the London Olympics this summer, local dailies reported on Thursday.

Prince Nawaf bin Faisal said, however, that Saudi women taking part on their own are free to do so and the kingdom’s Olympic authority would “only help in ensuring that their participation does not violate the Islamic sharia law.”

“We are not endorsing any Saudi female participation at the moment in the Olympics or other international championships,” he told a press conference in Jeddah on Wednesday.

The Saudi official was reiterating a position he announced late last year, confirming that Saudi Arabia will be fielding only male athletes in London.

“There are hundreds, if not thousands, of (Saudi) women who practice sports, but in private,” he said, adding that the sports body has nothing to do with their activities.

Equestrian jumping contestant Dalma Malhas, 18, is likely to be Saudi Arabia’s only female athlete at this summer’s Olympics, according to media reports.

Malhas won a bronze medal at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics without having been nominated by her country, following an invitation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The New York-based Human Rights Watch in February published a report damning the systematic exclusion of women from sporting activities in Saudi Arabia.

In July last year, the president of the IOC’s Women and Sport Committee, Anita DeFrantz, criticised Saudi Arabia, as well as Qatar and Brunei, for being the last three countries to have never sent female athletes to the Olympics.

Qatar, which is bidding for the right to host the 2020 Olympics, has already announced its firm intention to send female competitors to London.

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Tags: 2012 London Olympics , Gender issues , Saudi Arabia , Sports , Women

  • billy31

    kung sa atin” onli in da pilipins”, sa kanila “onli in sawdi”!!!
    ang mga sauding lalaki kasi seloso yan, ang gusto nila pagnasa-an ang mga babae kahit na asawa pa ng iba, pero takot silang pagnasa-an ang knilang babae. kasi naman pag pinabayaan ang mga bababe nila, naku naman sgurado maglalandi ng husto ang mga yon kagaya ng mga babae sa ibang bansa!!! malilibog kasi sila ng husto, malalaki o mababae.

  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    For us probably, Saudi women deserve better treatment there.  But in that country, women are more than willing to abide by the rules, to do the bidding of their male counterparts because they believe it’s what’s expected in their religion.  Saudi women also have this mistaken perception that if they obey their men, the latter won’t leave them or favor another women. So next time you hear of news about women there being subjected to oppression, just let it be.  That’s what they deserve.  And nothing will ever change no matter how the world whines.  

    • alfred sanchez

      o really women are more than willing to abide by their rules? its just saying that slaves will still choose slavery and just let them be? kaya nga nanjan ang UN and everything pero ano ang ginagawa nila? hindi pwedeng hayaan lang ito dahil ngayon nasa metro manila na lahat ng mga muslim at sila ang nag dodominate sa siga at barumbadong ideology nila sa buhay, pag hinayaan mo lang ito tignan ko lang mangyari sa lugar nyo pag naging muslim community na yan

      • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

         Di mo pa kilala mga Saudi brod. Mga asawa nila utusan, tagabuhat ng gamit habang si lalaki nasa sasakyan naka-upo.  Pag-nasa immigration office sa pagitan ng Bahrain at Saudi, taga-takbo upang ma-proseso passport nila. Di sila maka-angal dahil kung umangal sila, para na ring nag-rerebelde sila sa asawa nila, o sa pamilya nila.  Ang problema nag-uugat sa pamilya at kultura.  At sino ka na taga-labas parang panghimasukan buhay nila?  E si Arabyana nga di nagrereklamo, tayo pa kaya…..

  • picker_blend

    saudi is a country so awashed in oil and dollars and whose ruling class study in the finest schools abroad to educate themselves.
    saudi is a country so backward in its treatment of women that it makes me wonder where did all the dollars and the education go; it never has enlightened their intellect to stop looking at women as objects – good only for making babies.
    saudi is a country whose men blame their erections to women, men who look like women (no beards), and sometimes to camel and goats; except for their own prurient urges.

  • alfred sanchez

    isama nyo na pala ang honor killing na pinapractice sa lahat ng muslim nation, never mo ito mababasa sa mainstream media, tsk tsk tsk , ang mga lalaki ang daming asawa nasan na ang mga feminist, pag katoliko imoral ang may kabit e itong mga muslim anong tawag?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KYHQOFE6JOGLCZNCCWDWK6GE6U Pauline

    women are 2nd class citizens sa Islam. kahit anong sabihin nila ganun talaga ang trato nila sa mga babae

    pinagsusuot sila ng hikab at burka para daw hindi maseduce ang mga lalaki… eh bakit hindi nila pagsuotin ng hikanb at burka ang mga lalaki dahil baka maseduce nila ang mga babae??? Kawawa ang mga babae sa kanila

  • wanluna

    a backward religious ideology that is creeping in the west, accomodated by confused liberals who advocate political correctness in exchange for the truth that this desert bedouins wants to install their 17th century religion 

  • alfred sanchez

    welcome to the dark ages, yung hindi pinagraduate yung babae sa catholic church dahil naka bathing suit dami nag react samantalang sa mga bansang to bawal bumoto, bawal mag drive bawal lumabas mag isa at 2nd class ang treatment sa mga babae walang comment mga tao

    • adrenalyn_high2011

      how could you propose changes in cultures and traditions?

      • alfred sanchez

        by simply spreading the truth about this religion and not be blinded by the liberals and so called multi culturist

      • adrenalyn_high2011

        after spreading the news about the truth about this religion, (of course you can expect for the worst …falling on deaf ears)…then, what’s next you need to do in order change their ways of traditions?

      • wanluna

         in the west right now people are starting to be aware of the creeping imposition of islamic sharia law and culture. and while the mainstream media is still in denial or is hiding this phenomenon, people are getting the news and are being made aware. so people are starting to resist this ideology. this is one way of protecting western values against backward muslim values. in muslim countries people are also being starting to see the tyrannical rule of sharia and muslims are getting out of islam. while Mohammed maybe the number 1 baby name in europe, in africa millions are being set free from islam. thats how yiuo change traditions. and women inislam are also waking uo and fighting back.

      • adrenalyn_high2011

        @wanluna…thanks for taking tym to reply…Happy Easter Sunday to u, & ur family!

      • alfred sanchez

        if you know the truth then lets prevent oppression from happening and that whats other countries are doing, france and other european countries already banned the wearing of burqa because it represents oppression of women, we should also stop in our country polygamous marriage, and lastly saudi arabia and other muslim country doesnt allow practice and building of churches of other religion in their country i believe its high time for us especially the west to reciprocate the same until they are willing to accept other religion too

      • adrenalyn_high2011

        @alfred sanchez…thanks for taking tym to reply…Happy Easter Sunday to u, & ur family!

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