03 Dec '11, 9pm

Women Athletes, Women Drivers: Not In Saudi Arabia | Care2 Causes

Women Athletes, Women Drivers: Not In Saudi Arabia | Care2 Causes

Any country participating in the 2012 Olympics must allow female athletes to participate or risk being barred from global competition. Saudi Arabia, which follows a strict Wahabi interpration of Sunni Islam that prevents women from driving, traveling on their own or seeking certain medical procedures without a male relative’s approval, is one of the last hold-outs to follow the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s requirement regarding female athletes. With only 35 weeks before the Olympics will be held in London, Saudi Arabia has announced that women can join the team provided that they are living aboard . Currently, the Saudi government forbids women from participating in sports in state-run schools and there are no groups in the country organizing women’s sports. 18-year-old Dalma Rushdi Malhas, who lives aboard and won a bronze medal in the 2010 Singapore Youth Olym...

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