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Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani Is First Saudi Woman To Compete In Olympics

The participation of Saudi judo player Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani had raised the scorn of the kingdom’s ultraconservative Islamic clerics, who said she was dishonoring herself by fighting in front of men, including the male referee and judges. 170 more words

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First Saudi female Olympian breaks a barrier, of sorts Wojdan Shaherkani competes in a hijab

LONDON — In all the weird circumstances, the teenager walked into the arena and onto the mat like a queen.

Her presence was, first, the result of months of squabbling between the International Olympic Committee and officials of her own repressive government, with the IOC pressuring a handful of holdout countries to finally include women on their teams. 529 more words