Breaking News! London 2012 Olympics: Saudis allow women to compete

Discussion in 'Global Affairs' started by Hamza Patterson, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Hamza Patterson

    Hamza Patterson Proud Geek

    London 2012 Olympics: Saudis allow women to compete

    Saudi Arabia is to allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time.

    A statement issued by the Saudi Embassy in London says the country's Olympic Committee will "oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify".

    The decision will end recent speculation as to whether the entire Saudi team could have been disqualified on grounds of gender discrimination.

    Women's sport is still fiercely opposed by many Saudi religious conservatives.

    There is almost no public tradition of women participating in sport in the country.

    Saudi officials say that with the Games now just a few weeks away, the only female competitor at Olympic standard is showjumper Dalma Rushdi Malhas.

    But they added that there may be scope for others to compete and that if successful they would be dressed "to preserve their dignity".

    In practice this is likely to mean modest, loose-fitting garments and "a sports hijab", a scarf covering the hair but not the face.

    For the desert kingdom, the decision to allow women to compete in the Olympics is a huge step, overturning deep-rooted opposition from those opposed to any public role for women.

    As recently as April, the indications were that Saudi Arabia's rulers would accede to the sensitivities of the religious conservatives and maintain the ban on allowing women to take part.

    But for the past six weeks there have been intense, behind-the-scenes discussions led by King Abdullah, who has long been pushing for women to play a more active role in Saudi society.

    'Subtle reform'

    In secret meetings in Jeddah, officials say a consensus was reached in mid-June between the king, the crown prince, the foreign minister, the leading religious cleric, the grand mufti and others, to overturn the ban.

    An announcement was ready to be made but then had to be delayed as the country marked the sudden death of Crown Prince Nayef.

    "It's very sensitive," a senior Saudi official told the BBC. "King Abdullah is trying to initiate reform in a subtle way, by finding the right balance between going too fast or too slow.

    "For example, he allowed the participation of women in the Shura council [an advisory body] so the Olympic decision is part of an ongoing process, it's not isolated."

    The official acknowledged that to refuse to let women take part would have looked bad on the international stage.

    "Partly because of the mounting criticism we woke up and realised we had to deal with this. We believe Saudi society will accept this," the official said.

    It is not the first time a Saudi monarch has backed a controversial reform against domestic opposition.

    King Faisal, who introduced television in the 1960s and was eventually assassinated, insisted on introducing education for girls.

    Today, Saudi women graduates outnumber their male counterparts.

    LINK ------> BBC News - London 2012 Olympics: Saudis allow women to compete
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  2. Abu'l 'Eyse

    Abu'l 'Eyse Rep-manz

    So a Saudi woman can compete and bare all but she can't drive her kids to school without some madkhali police punk trying to hit and beat her? Get da fluff outta here!
  3. Muneer88

    Muneer88 هنيئاً لك الشهادة

    so will they all travel with mahrem? What a joke this is . Torturing righteous ulama and mujahideen but they give the go-ahead for exposing muslim women now . I expect a total silence from the governmental clowns of "Ulama" (and the exclusive Kibaar al- Ulama club) and if any independent 'alim raises his voice he will be silenced immediately
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  4. Saracen 21st AD

    Saracen 21st AD New Member

    I hope and pray that Muslims all over the world do not suffer from inferiority complex. Just Participating in international sports competitions do not make them better than the other Muslim women who do not want to participate.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  5. They have signed up for their own destruction
  6. Firebrand Mullah

    Firebrand Mullah Hanfist Salfist Humblist

    I can imagine seeing a Saudi woman running around the track doing the 100 metres while her husband is chasing her.
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  7. Abu_Jannah

    Abu_Jannah Well-Known Member

    Especially when you see that the only female athlete (Showjumper Dalma Rushdi Malhas) will compete in a sport that exposes her behind in a very "exposing" way, I would say.
    The mufti is blind, he may be excused?
  8. AbuSaif

    AbuSaif New Member

    What else can you expect form Saudi Government?
  9. Umm DJ-N

    Umm DJ-N Patience

    links have pics of uncovered women

    Olympics-Judo-Officials and Saudis in talks to resolve hijab ban | Reuters

    Saudi Arabia's First Female Judo Athlete Negotiating Hijab Use -
  10. makkawi

    makkawi New Member

    basically, aal-saud aal-yahuud government endorsed and backed by Wahhabi Salafites are training Saudi Women how to modernise themselves. Training camps are outside Saudiya where they can remove their hijab and show off their awrah. That is why Saudiya is sending off thousands of students to western countries for scholarship so that Saudi Students can learn from kuffar how to eat, live and dress up and come back to their country and spread westernism.

    May Allah destroy these plotters against ummah and those hypocrite scholars backing them up.
  11. drkjke

    drkjke Well-Known Member

    not just united states but saudi girls now study in india too!the den of idol worship and all evils.imagine.i would say that materialism has totally erased islam from majority of arabs.alas.and they thought oil wealth is a blessing!now you know why khulfa e rashideen of islam adopted a life of poverty by their own will.because they knew that this world and materialism ,always bring their fitnas along with them too.
    than see taliban.they have torn shoes torn clothes but defeating the world of kufer and nifaaq combined.mashalah.

    no wonder the success of the last part of this ummah is in following the exact ways on which first part of this ummah remained.

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