Saudi Women Unable to Compete in their Country

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NO Woman No Play

Contact: Alixandra Greenman

Tel: (202) 466-9500

Cell: (818) 521-7957

Email: alixandragreenman@gmail.com

SAUDI WOMEN UNABLE TO COMPETE

Announcement Concerning Saudi Women Competing in Olympics Seems to be Fabrication.

July 5, 2012 – Washington D.C.

Since July 2010, The Institute for Gulf Affairs (IGA) has implemented their “No Women No Play” Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to help Saudi women and girls gain the right to participate in Saudi culture: socially, politically, legally, and economically.

The IGA believes that this will be achieved by obtaining equal athletic rights including, but not limited to, the right to participate in physical education programs, the right to work out in fitness centers, to be involved in sports teams, as well as the right to represent their country in national and international sporting events.

IGA has been petitioning the International Olympic Committee to ban Saudi Arabia from the Olympics until they agree to equality for women and allow their participation in all realms of sport.

On June 25, 2012, the Washington Post reported that Saudi Arabia would allow its female citizens to compete in the summer Olympics. This report is now believed to be false with its main purpose to pacify international pressure.

The Saudi Arabian Embassy in London released a statement which said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is looking forward to its … participation in the London 2012 Olympic Games through the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, which will oversee the participation of women athletes who … qualify for the games.”

This statement has been left unconfirmed by the Saudi National Olympic Committee. Khalid al-Dakheel, the head of the kingdom’s Olympic mission, stated afterwards that he was unaware of any developments concerning allowing women to participate in the games.

According to an article in the Huffington Post on July 4, IOC President Jacques Rogge stated that he cannot guarantee “100%” that females will join Saudi Arabia’s Olympic team in London; however he remains optimistic that Saudi Arabia will send women for the first time. Discussions and dialogue continue between the IOC and the Saudi Olympic committee, to no avail.

“It’s very disheartening to finally discover the true nature of the International Olympic Committee (IOC),” said Ali Al-Ahmed, Director for the IGA. “It’s disappointing to find out that the IOC is run like a mafia organization focused entirely on generating revenue and glamour for its directors instead of on the dreams and rights of young people.”

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For more information about the Institute for Gulf Affairs (IGA), contact Alixandra Greeman at alixandra@gulfinstitute.org or call (202) 466-9500.

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