Saturday, May 26, 2012

Olympic chiefs face fury after Saudi Arabia set to become only team to send no women to Games

Members of the Jidda Kings United all-female team in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, but no women athletes from the state will be attending this summer's Olympics.

Saudi Arabia look likely to be the only nation competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games without a single female among their team.

Having discussed the issue in Quebec yesterday, the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) talks resulted in them not imposing any sanctions on the Middle Easterners.

IOC President Jacques Rogge, under pressure from human rights and sports groups to force Saudi Arabia to have female athletes as part of its London delegation, refused to consider the possibility of sanctions against the Gulf state or allow Saudi women to compete under a neutral flag. Read More