Headscarf may bar Saudi woman from Olympics judo competition
Female Saudi Judo athlete Wojdan Shaherkani, left, arrives with her father at Heathrow airport on July 25, 2012.
July 30th, 2012
10:51 AM ET

Headscarf may bar Saudi woman from Olympics judo competition

By the CNN Wire Staff

London (CNN) - One of the two women on Saudi Arabia's Olympic team may be pulled from the competition because of the kingdom's insistence that she wear a headscarf in her judo matches.

Saudi and international Olympic officials met late into the night with International Judo Federation representatives to resolve the case of Wojdan Shaherkani, the Saudi Olympic committee said Monday.

The meeting failed to break the deadlock that threatens to keep the kingdom's only female judo competitor from participating Friday, Saudi National Olympic Committee representative Razen Baker said.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. TheOtherGuy

    So...International Judo must now start changing their rules of suiting for the sport?
    Don't think so!
    "Each participant SHALL wear THIS, nothing more, nothing less"
    Sorry, babe! Them's the rules!
    You wanna compete, push your religion aside and have at it!

    August 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  2. Dick Izinya

    I love how half of the planet thinks that god takes time out of his busy schedule – I don't know, regulating the core temperature of stars or some such – to worry about what kind of hat they wear.

    August 3, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!-

      August 3, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      About as much as wishing on a star 😀

      August 3, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  4. ran ksa

    i think it is her right to wear it and thy should think about a head scarf that wont be a barrier for her while competing.
    to go this far for a saudi girl or a woman is not easy at all
    so stop making fun of our religion and believes
    i wish her all the luck

    August 2, 2012 at 5:08 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      Have you ever seen Judo? That silly hat could break her neck in a fall. Seriously, dude, god doesn't care what kind of hat you wear.

      August 3, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  5. la femme

    that fatty is no athlete

    August 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • Dick Izinya

      A little heft is good in judo. That "fatty" could whip your sorry but 😀

      August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  6. Simple

    Simple. Let her wear it, and allow it to be used against her as a weapon, just like any other of her body parts or clothing. Wrap that thing around her neck and prove that it would have been better to leave it back in her archaic, prehistoric country.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  7. jimmer

    I can't even imagine how rank that cooch must smell underneath that table cloth that hideous beast has wrapped around itself.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  8. neil

    Help us save the jobs of 5 people
    Please help

    July 31, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  9. Reality

    Female swimmers wear bathing caps so said topic gal should simply don a bathing cap so no Muslim male can be tempted by her hair. Or they could simply bar Muslim men from the judo events. Next topic !!!

    July 31, 2012 at 12:13 am |
  10. Anonynmous

    Judo is a sport where athletes are elegantly full.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  11. calminthestorm

    Not trying to be mean but this seems like a baiting tactic.......she seems MUCH too heavy to be a serious olymic level athlete. almost like she was never intended to compete from the start........

    July 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • Flamespeak

      Given the nature of Judo and the fact that women typical have lesser upper body strength, the bigger size would be beneficial if she has skill with the art.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • Dick Izinya

      Boy, you're ignorant of athletics. Ever see a wrester? A powerlifter? They don't look like Twiggy, Braniac!

      August 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
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