Saudi Arabia’s Olympic First

As the 2012 Summer Olympics draws near, more and more female participants are starting to create a buzz not just in their home countries but also worldwide. This year, all participating countries will be having female Olympians taking part in the games as Saudi Arabia announced that it will be sending two female athletes to the London Olympics for the first time since they first joined in the games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had been having conversations with Saudi’s Olympic Committee for quite a long time now and this year, women will be well-represented at the 2012 London Olympics.

The two women athletes to represent Saudi Arabia this year are Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani who will be competing for Judo and Sarah Attar, who will be competing for Track and field.

Both athletes received special instructions on how to act while participating in the games especially Shahrkhani who was advised to “dress modestly, be accompanied by a male guardian and not mix with men” while in London for the 2012 Games. Additionally, her competition clothes have to comply with Sharia Law.

The IOC has long since promoted gender equality in the games and have been struggling to promote women’s participation in the Olympics. This year, at the 2012 London Olympics, the realization of this charter will be fulfilled.

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