Saudi Arabia, Qatar, & Brunei To Allow Women To Compete In The Olympics For The First Time Ever
Three Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia, Qatar (where the 2012 World Cup will take place), Brunei will all allow their women to compete for the first time ever.
According to CNN, the reason the women in Saudi Arabia were banned were prevously, because they would be performing in front of a mixed crowd , no reason for the change of heart was given. It might however, be a sign of change in the country as in 2015 women will be given the right to vote and hold public office. As of now women aren’t allowed to get married, go to school, open a bank account, or leave the country without permission of a male guardian, generally a husband or father. Hopefully this is a sign of change coming to the Middle East, maybe in the future some of the Saudi Arabian women may come to the WNBA and ball up. It will be interesting to see how they compete.
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