CNN has been doing a series on the athletes of the Arab Spring. I was on their site this week and found a clip about Saudi Arabia’s Olympic Team, which you may have heard will include women for the very first time. After great pressure from the Olympic Committee, Sarah Attar and Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani will represent their country in the 800 meter and judo respectively. Although Olympians, the Saudi government has set strict rules for the two women. They must dress appropriately for Sharia law at all times (head covering included)and they must have a male guardian with them at all times when in public. Regardless, these women are to be admired and hopefully will be the start of allowing more women in Saudi Arabia participate in sports.
Olympic Sport: 800 meter
Hometown: Escondido, California, USA
Birthdate: August 27, 1992 (age 19)
Height: 5’4″ (a mere 5 inches taller than me)
Olympic Sport: Judo
Hometown: Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Birthdate: February 1, 1996 (age 16)
Weight: 175 lbs.