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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-12 06:35 AM
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For the first time in history, every nation's Olympic team will include women.
Our kissing allies, the Saudis, were among the last three holdouts, but will send two women to the London games. The other two holdouts were Qatar (surprising to me) and Brunei (whose sultan makes Saddam Hussein seem like a swell guy.)

Here's hoping they can bring a chauffeur with them, since they won't know how to drive.

When those nations send openly gay athletes--alive, of course--I will really be impressed.


Jul 12, 7:08 AM EDT

Saudis to send 2 women to London Games

By STEPHEN WILSON
AP Sports Writer

ONDON (AP) -- Saudi Arabia will send two female athletes to the London Olympics, ending the ultraconservative Muslim country's record of fielding only all-male teams at the games.

The decision, announced Thursday by the IOC, means every country competing in London will include women athletes for the first time in Olympic history.

The two female Saudi competitors are judo athlete Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.

The athletes, who were invited by the International Olympic Committee, were entered by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by the July 9 deadline.

"This is very positive news and we will be delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks time," IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a statement.

Qatar and Brunei, two other countries that have never sent any female athletes to the Olympics, are also including women on their teams for the London Games.

"With Saudi Arabian female athletes now joining their fellow female competitors from Qatar and Brunei, it means that by London 2012 every national Olympic committee will have sent women to the Olympic Games," Rogge said.


Read more http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OLY_SAUDI_ARABIA...

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