Olympics: Saudi women eye Olympic debut

The Saudis have never previously included females in their teams.

Reuters March 19, 2012

BERLIN: Saudi Arabia look set to send women athletes to an Olympics for the first time later this year. The Saudis have never previously included females in their teams and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is eager to see that situation change in London in July. The IOC revealed yesterday that Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee officials presented a list of potential candidates for the London Games during a meeting at its headquarters in Lausanne last week. “After the assessment of the level of each athlete by the IOC and the international federations concerned, a formal proposal will be submitted to the next meeting of the IOC executive board in May,” read an IOC statement. “The IOC is confident Saudi Arabia is working to include women athletes and officials at the Olympic Games in London in accordance with the rules of the international federations.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2012.


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