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Saudi Arabian (female) athlete allowed to compete in judo wearing headscarf
Telegraph ^ | August 1, 2012

Posted on 08/01/2012 2:54:35 PM PDT by NYer


Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani

One of Saudi Arabia's two female Olympic team members will be allowed to compete in the judo while wearing a headscarf after a compromise was reached, the International Olympic Committee said today.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani will compete after Saudi Arabia's Olympic Committee reached an agreement with the International Judo Federation following talks yesterday.

It comes after Marius Vizer, the Austrian president of the sport's world governing body, said last week that Shahrkhani would not be allowed to wear a headscarf to compete for safety reasons.

But Mark Adams, communications director of the International Olympic Committee, said: ''I can confirm that the federation and the National Olympic Committee met yesterday. They have a solution that works for all parties involved.''

Asked what the solution involved, he said: ''As you know, the judo federation in Asia does allow for some headscarves, it is a version that is safety compliant but also allows for cultural sensitivity.


(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: muslim; olympics; uk

1 posted on 08/01/2012 2:54:46 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

It just gives the opponent something else to grab—or is that not allowed?


2 posted on 08/01/2012 2:56:40 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: NYer

Are you 100% sure of that headline????

That photo seriously doesn’t fit.


3 posted on 08/01/2012 2:57:49 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: NYer
Antidote: The Dutch field hockey team


4 posted on 08/01/2012 2:59:09 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: NYer

When I used to do Judo, the uniform was legal to grab. For example, you could grab the lapels and cross them over your opponents neck to choke them out. If the scarf can be used similarly, then I have no problem with it.


5 posted on 08/01/2012 3:04:45 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: NYer

This story is even stranger than the link indicates.

This woman didn’t even qualify. Somehow, although she’s never competed internationally, they let her in. She holds a blue belt, when a black belt is required.

As one former Olympian in the sport asked, “There are three world champions who will be sitting at home because they didn’t qualify for London,” he said. “So why should someone who doesn’t have that level be allowed to compete?”

Something stinks. Probably jihadi politics.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/judo/story/2012-07-27/London-Olympics-judo-headscarf/56525252/1


6 posted on 08/01/2012 3:06:09 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: fishtank
I think it might have something to do with the moustache.
7 posted on 08/01/2012 3:06:25 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! ! ..)
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To: NYer

Is that a mustache?? On another note, who cares??


8 posted on 08/01/2012 3:07:32 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: P.O.E.

Holy crap! I need to watch more womens field hockey!!!

YOWZA!!!


9 posted on 08/01/2012 3:08:17 PM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: fishtank

You’re thinking she’d look better in a burka?

Shame on you. ;-)


10 posted on 08/01/2012 3:08:43 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

A Burka would soften the blows to the head for that human punching bag.


11 posted on 08/01/2012 3:12:06 PM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: All

Maybe they should consider the Burka after all...or a Britney Spears mask.


12 posted on 08/01/2012 3:13:12 PM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: Jedidah
Hey, it's London!

We wouldn't want to piss off the rapidly growing Muzzie population triggering massive protests, and shutting down the Olympic games now whudja???

13 posted on 08/01/2012 3:13:22 PM PDT by FixitGuy (By their fruits shall ye know them!)
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To: Jedidah

That ain’t a “she”. Between the unibrow and the moustache i have to disagree on the gender.


14 posted on 08/01/2012 3:13:22 PM PDT by datura (Democrat = Socialist, Progressive Democrat = Communist)
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To: InsidiousMongo

Take off from an old joke....it was a two burka date....one for me and one for her in case mine fell off....


15 posted on 08/01/2012 3:17:00 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: datura

16 posted on 08/01/2012 3:17:36 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Pearls Before Swine
“It just gives the opponent something else to grab—or is that not allowed?”

I don’ think it will make any difference. She is only a Blue belt who never competed internationally. Most of her opponents will be battle hardened female Judoka of varying Black belt rank and they won't screw around. Someone is going to stack her on her head within 30 sec and its going to hurt. If someone takes pity on her they will just choke her out.

17 posted on 08/01/2012 3:18:58 PM PDT by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: NYer

I don’t see any female attributes in that photo.


18 posted on 08/01/2012 3:23:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

Can’t wait for a Sikh wrestler to demand that he be allowed to wear a turban (complete with knife, of course).

I don’t know much about Islam, but it seems to me that a woman appearing in public without a headscarf isn’t nearly as offensive to that cult as a woman *participating in athletic activities in public*, particularly WRESTLING.


19 posted on 08/01/2012 3:31:18 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: trisham

This affirmative-action, equal-opportunity blue-belt moozlum will hope fully get her ugly ass kicked and maybe strangled by her hajib. Sheesh...whatever happened to competition and meritocracy?


20 posted on 08/01/2012 3:33:37 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Jedidah
As one former Olympian in the sport asked, “There are three world champions who will be sitting at home because they didn’t qualify for London,” he said. “So why should someone who doesn’t have that level be allowed to compete?”

FWIU, the Olympic committee has trended towards "let everyone have an opportunity to participate in the games" while restricting the most qualified. For this reason, Jordyn Wieber, one of the Fab 5 US gymnasts, failed to qualify. Countries are limited to two gymnasts in the all-around and event finals, in order to give "everyone" an opportunity to participate, regardless of their gymnastic skills. Can you say 'stupid'?

21 posted on 08/01/2012 3:35:06 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

Kick her ass.


22 posted on 08/01/2012 3:37:51 PM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated populace is the biggest threat to our nation.)
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To: NYer

Why is there a women’s judo event at the Olympics?


23 posted on 08/01/2012 3:44:38 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: FixitGuy
Don't know it you caught it..but US gymnast Aly Raisman clinched the team gold for USA yesterday with a floor routine to the tune of "Hava Nagila"..

IN Londonistan..

Nice, just nice!!! (g)

24 posted on 08/01/2012 3:49:14 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three are a Congress".....John Adams)
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To: hal ogen

I’ve lost all confidence in the process, and haven’t watched a single event.


25 posted on 08/01/2012 4:07:23 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Jedidah
Good link and some very good points. I think this little 'jihadista' is going to regret this ploy.
A lot of the most basic moves for a judoka are choking out moves. From the beginning of these are taught. Its nice of the head-bag women to give their opponents extra grab material.
By the way, Traditional Judo is a very rough sport. Broken bones and dis-located joints are common among practitioners of Traditional Judo.
Also, there is much unhappiness in Japan about their Olympic Judo teams' performance - Japan shocked by judo medal failures.

No Mercy will be shown.

26 posted on 08/01/2012 4:17:07 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

It’s definitely allowed, so if I was to compete against her, I’d be using that extra fabric to my advantage. It should be easy to choke her out, since if she moves to protect the headscarf, you can use her gi against her (or vice versa).

Of course, next, there will be a rule saying that headscarves aren’t legal to touch during the match or something like that. Although, even if that rule was to come about, I’d still look for a way to dislodge it and use it to obscure her vision.

The smartest thing she could do would be just lay it on her head so that when the match starts, it falls off and her opponent can’t use it against her. Unless they come up with a rule that there’s an automatic timeout when it’s dislodged, in order for her to put her cover back on. Sigh.


27 posted on 08/01/2012 4:40:21 PM PDT by bobwoodard
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To: NYer

These Olympic officials may be on to something here. Considering her face, maybe they simply want to keep us from getting sick. I suggest a full face cover should be mandatory for this “woman”.


28 posted on 08/01/2012 4:59:14 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: fishtank

You must be referring to the trash stash she is working.

Maybe it is really a guy ringer and the need for the scarf is to hide his true identity. So the Saudis win a medal.


29 posted on 08/01/2012 8:02:05 PM PDT by vg0va3
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To: NYer

I feel pity that aspiring athletes from other nations have been brainwashed from birth to fall under an archaic theology that cripples them socially forever, especially female athletes.


30 posted on 08/01/2012 8:08:16 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: NYer

OMG she is so beautiful! I can see why the hijab.
If a man saw her hair, he’d go mad with passion.


31 posted on 08/01/2012 11:57:54 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: NYer
Saudi Arabian (female) athlete allowed to compete in judo wearing headscarf

After seeing that picture, I would rather see her wear a judo outfit. A headscarf just don't hide enough . . .

32 posted on 08/02/2012 12:34:30 AM PDT by Petruchio (I Think . . . Therefor I FReep.)
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To: my small voice

She’s going to lose in the first bout, no doubt about that. But why all the hate for a woman who is unlucky enough to live in the most misogynistic country in the world who is the first to be alowed to compete for her nation? Not in the true Olympic spirit at all.


33 posted on 08/02/2012 2:26:04 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

“But why all the hate....”

Did I say anything about hating her? You’re the one who brought that up. Don’t put words in my mouth.


34 posted on 08/03/2012 3:52:12 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated populace is the biggest threat to our nation.)
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To: NYer
Can you say 'stupid'? <\i>

Maybe I'm the wrong person to answer, but from your description it sounds like 'liberalism' to me.

35 posted on 08/03/2012 4:11:02 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: patriot08

I have read that muslim countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have some of the highest incidences of some of the most perverted internet searches in the world, including themes such as incest, rape, bestiality, and child porn.

http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Muslim_Statistics_%28Pornography%29


36 posted on 08/03/2012 4:26:32 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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