» 07/13/2012, 00.00
SAUDI ARABIA - OLYMPICS
Saudi Arabia reveals two women athletes, first to compete for country in Olympic Games
Sarah Attare in athletics, Wodjan Abdulrahim Ali Seraj in judo. The choice of female athletes has caused many difficulties for the local Olympic committee, who have struggled to find candidates with the necessary requirements to participate in the Olympics.
/ Agencies) - Saudi Arabia has revealed the names of two female athletes who
will compete in the Olympics in London 2012: Sarah Attar and Wodjan Abdulrahim
Ali Seraj. The
first will compete in the 800 meters race, the second in the judo. So far neither
has issued statements. The
choice of female athletes has caused many difficulties to the local Olympic
committee, who have struggled to find candidates with the necessary
requirements to participate in the Olympics.
Saudi kingdom removed the ban on women taking part in the Olympic Games on June
risk was the exclusion from athletics for sex discrimination. King
Abdullah's decision sparked a fierce debate between the ruling dynasty,
custodian of the holy places of Islam and the religious authorities, who accuse
the monarch of violating Koranic laws. In
2008 Saudi Arabia had agreed to allow Dalma Rushdi Malhas, born in the United
States to Saudi parents, to compete at the Beijing Games in the equestrian
February, Human Rights Watch released
a report on women and sport in the country, asking the Saudi government to
respect the right of women to practice a sport and the International Olympic
Committee to take action against Saudi Arabia. The
Olympic Charter - which sets the general rules of the Games - provides for the exclusion
of any country that practices a form of discrimination. The
norm has been applied several times in the past: South Africa, for example,
could not participate in competitions from 1964 to 1992 because of apartheid,
while Afghanistan was ruled out of the 2000 Olympics because of women's
oppression under the Taliban regime.
the wake of the Saudi case, two other Islamic countries, Qatar and Brunei, also
for the first time in their history, will send women athletes to the Olympic
total, about 10,500 women athletes who will compete in the Olympics in London,
representing over 200 countries.
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London 2012: Saudi judoka can compete (with veil)
The athlete will participate wearing special headgear. Originally, the International Judo Federation (IJF) had admitted Wojdan AliSeraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, but only bare-headed "for security reasons." The girl's father has threatened to withdraw her from competition. She will compete on 3 August in the +78 kg category.
Singapore worse than Beijing, no Mass for athletes at Youth Olympics
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Beijing applauds the gag order on athletes. Great Britain is reconsidering it
Chinese organisers of the Olympic Games want to eliminate any "political act" on the part of the competitors. Controversy in Great Britain over a contract with athletes that obliges them to silence, on the penalty of exclusion from the competitions. Human rights groups condemn the attempt to block freedom of speech. The British Olympic committee will review the contract.
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Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
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