Skip to comments.Saudi Arabian (female) athlete allowed to compete in judo wearing headscarf
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.
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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'?
Kick her ass.
Why is there a women’s judo event at the Olympics?
Nice, just nice!!! (g)
I’ve lost all confidence in the process, and haven’t watched a single event.
No Mercy will be shown.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
OMG she is so beautiful! I can see why the hijab.
If a man saw her hair, he’d go mad with passion.
After seeing that picture, I would rather see her wear a judo outfit. A headscarf just don't hide enough . . .
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.
“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.
Maybe I'm the wrong person to answer, but from your description it sounds like 'liberalism' to me.
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.
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