Saudi Women Allowed to Compete in London Olympics

March 20, 2012
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A Saudi Arabian newspaper says Crown Prince Nayef has approved plans for the country to send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time at the London Games.

The Saudi-owned and London-based Al-Hayat newspaper says Nayef, who is heir to the aging king, has approved the participation of women at the London Olympics in sports that “meet the standards of women’s decency and don’t contradict Islamic laws.”

There is not yet confirmation on which sports meet the above criteria outlined by the Nayef, and Saudi sports officials could not be reached to confirm Tuesday’s report in the Arabic-language newspaper.

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