Saudi Arabia is to allow their women participate in the London 2012 Olympics for the first time. The country’s Olympic Committee will “oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify”.
There is a catch though, successful athletes would be dressed “to preserve their dignity” meaning they have to wear loose-fitting garments and “a sports hijab”, a scarf covering the hair but not the face. For now, the only female competitor at Olympic standard is showjumper Dalma Rushdi Malhas.
Considering the high level of gender discrimination in the desert kingdom Saudi Arabia, 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.
The public participation of women in sport is still fiercely opposed by many Saudi religious conservatives.
Is this part of the Muslim religion for women to be suppressed or do you think it’s all about the man’s ego? Why don’t you drop your comments below and I welcome our Muslim brothers and sisters to share with us a bit about their thoughts…..