Saudi Arabian Refuses to Allow Women to Compete in Olympics Without Hijab

Friday, August 03, 2012

Two women from Saudi Arabia are representing their country in Judo and the 800-meter sprint, but the Saudi government will only allow them to compete if they wear the Hijab. The women also have to obtain permission from their male partners to compete.

Shaima Khalil is the Arab editor for our partner the BBC.


Shaimaa Khalil

Produced by:

Rupert Allman

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Hijab will eventually be the name of a comic book hero. This is a very big step for Saudi women that they are allowed to compete.

All hell will break out in Saudi Arabia in the future between men and women: Bring it on!

Aug. 03 2012 09:57 AM

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