Monday, June 25, 2012

Saudi Arabia will enter women for London Olympics

Women's basketball team, Saudi Arabia's Jeddah United, pose at Kuala Lampur airport in this undated photo. [...] (Reuters Pictures)
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will enter women athletes in the Olympics for the first time ever in London this summer, the Islamic kingdom's London embassy said on Sunday.

Human rights groups had called on the International Olympic Committee to bar Saudi Arabia from competing in London, citing its failure ever to send a woman athlete to a Games and its ban on sports in girls' state schools.

Powerful Muslim clerics in the ultra-conservative state have repeatedly spoken out against the participation of girls and women in sports.

I guess this guy should now get himself slaughtered, if he's man enough to honor his word: "Saudi Sports Commentator: I'd Rather Be Slaughtered Than See Saudi Women at the Olympics"