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IOC says “confident” Saudi Arabia will send women to Olympics
Published in Bikya Masr on 12 - 07 - 2012

DUBAI: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday that it was “confident” that Saudi Arabia would end up sending female athletes to London for the 2012 Olympic Games despite reports that the ultra-conservative country had no women participate in qualifications in the country.
International rights groups and Olympic officials have upped pressure on the Gulf Kingdom in recent months to have women participate on their official team, or risk being barred completely from the Games.
“We are still talking to the Saudi NOC (national Olympic committee) and remain confident of a positive outcome," the International Olympic Committee said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
A new report published this week by the pan-Arabic daily al-Sharq al-Awsat has revealed that no women will be part of the Saudi Arabia Olympic team in London later this month.
The article said that “no female team taking part in the three fields" had participated in qualification in the ultra-conservative country.
The report quoted an unnamed Saudi official. It is unclear if women were even permitted to participate in the qualification events.
In late June, the country reportedly had given the go-ahead for female athletes to take part in the London Olympics 2012, the country's embassy in London said in what was viewed as a “monumental" statement.
International rights groups had demanded Saudi be barred from the Games if they refused to allow women athletes from participating.
The Saudi Olympic Committee will “oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify," the statement said.
But this week, it appears the committee did not follow through on their promise, with no women at the qualification events.
The issue of women in sport remains extremely sensitive in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom, where women are not allowed to drive and authorities closed private gyms for women in 2009 and 2010.
Equestrian Dalma Malhas was likely to be the country's only female athlete to qualify for this summer's Games in London which get underway on July 27, but her horse is injured and she is out of the Games.
Malhas, born in the United States, won a bronze medal at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics without having been nominated by her country, following an invitation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) Executive Director Ken Roth had issued a call this month for Saudi Arabian women to be allowed to participated in next month's London Olympics by the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom.
“The Olympics launch in a month and Saudi Arabia stands alone in the world banning women from sport," the message on Thunderclap began. “By refusing to allow women on their national team, Saudi Arabia violates the Olympic Charter. London 2012: Don't let Saudi Arabia play unless their women can!"
Roth, in his message to both the world and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that Saudi women have never before competed in the Olympics.
“Saudi Arabia's discriminatory policies against women and girls in sport clearly violate the Olympic Charter," he continued.
That Olympic Charter states specifically that “the practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind. [Any] form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement."
Roth's HRW have been stalwarts in pushing for the Saudi government to allow women to participate in the global games, and while the IOC said last month it was optimistic over women being included, Saudi women remain on the outside looking in.
Roth added that “Saudi Arabia's participation in the London Games should be conditioned on its playing by the rules," which clearly states that a country that does have women on their team will be barred from participating.
The IOC Women's Chair Anita DeFrantz warned the country in 2010 that if female athletes are not allowed to participate, the country could face being banned from the global competition.
Once again, the issue of female athletes in Saudi is in limbo.

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