Saudi Arabia’s Judo Olympian Allowed to Wear Head Scarf
Saudi Arabia’s judo fighter will be able to compete wearing some form of headscarf, despite fears over personal safety.
The kingdom had sent its two first female Olympians to the London Games on condition they adhere to the Saudi Arabia’s conservative Islamic traditions, including wearing a headscarf.
Judo officials had said a headscarf could be dangerous because the sport includes chokeholds and aggressive grabbing techniques.
IOC officials say an agreement has been reached that clears the way for Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani to compete Friday in the women’s heavyweight division.