Muslim Spring turns to winter for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia agreed Thursday to send two women to compete in the 2012 Olympic games. With strings attached.
The move by the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom comes after Saudi sports leaders declared that the women of Saudi sports must respect the kingdom’s rules.
Female competitors must dress modestly, be accompanied by a male guardian and not mix with men, Prince Nawaf bin Faisal told the paper Al-Jazirah.
They must also wear “suitable clothing that complies with sharia” (Islamic law), he said.
The two female Saudi athletes are Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani in judo and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.
And around the far turn is a runner with chaperone and chador chasing the pack. JAJ48@AOL.COM
Sarah Attar, born and raised in CA, has dual citizenship. She attends Peperdine University in California and won the Rex Hamilton Memorial Art Scholarship.