Olympic Games: Saudi Arabian female athletes to compete

Updated: July 13, 2012

Saudi Arabian female athletes will compete at the London 2012 Olympic games.

The IOC i has received confirmation from the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee that two female athletes will compete for Saudi Arabia at the London Games this summer.

The two athletes are:
- Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani – judo, women’s +78kg
- Sarah Attar – athletics, women’s 800m

The athletes, invited by the IOC, were entered by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by the official deadline of 9 July.

“This is very positive news and we will be delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks time,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge. ”The IOC has been working very closely with the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and I am pleased to see that our continued dialogue has come to fruition. The IOC has been striving to ensure a greater gender balance at the Olympic Games, and today’s news can be seen as an encouraging evolution. With Saudi Arabian female athletes now joining their fellow female competitors from Qatar and Brunei Darussalam, it means that by London 2012 every National Olympic Committee will have sent women to the Olympic Games,” he added.

A long way to go yet but it is a move in the right direction.

Perhaps we will see Cuban women boxers in Rio 2016 – only time will tell .

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