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In less then three weeks, the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics will begin, and Saudi Arabia will be the only team with only male atheletes. The Saudi monarchy’s blatant gender discrimination should not be tolerated anymore. We need your help to raise awareness, pressure the IOC and end gender discrimination once and for all in Saudi Arabia.

Our campaign, No Women No Play was launched April 2009 to combat the Gender Apartheid that is currently taking place in Saudi Arabia. Saudi women and girls are not allowed to participate in organized sports, do not have access to physical education in schools and are not allowed to compete domestically or internationally at a sporting event for their country. Over the last three years, our organization has fought to pressure the International Olympic Committee to expel Saudi Arabia from the Olympic Committee and any Olympic games until they end the systematic gender discrimination in their country.

As it stands, the OIC is still violating the Olympic Charter by allowing Saudi Arabia to partake in the London Games and in any international sporting event in par with the South African Apartheid Regime which was banned for Racial apartheid in spite the fact that black were allowed to play sports and compete internationally.

Now is the time to stand up for Saudi women and girls and fight for their right to participate in sports both in their country and on the international stage. The IOC is violating its own Olympic Charter, a legally binding document under Swiss and European Laws, and continues to stonewall our organization by refusing to expel Saudi Arabia from its membership and ban them from the upcoming Olympic Games. We have sent numerous letters to the IOC detailing our concerns and they have either given us patronizing responses, or have not cared at all. The IOC is now violating their own Charter and precedent’s that they set prior to both the summer Olympics in 1964 and 2000.

Please write immediately in English, Arabic or your own language:

  • Calling on the International Olympic Committee to ban Saudi Arabia from competing at the London 2012 Olympics, and to expel them from the IOC, until they end Gender Apartheid and restore political, economic and social rights including universal suffrage;
  • Urging the Saudi Arabian authorities to ensure that women and girls be allowed to participate in sports, physical education programs and compete domestically and internationally at sporting events;
  • Calling on them to ban Saudi Arabia until they agree to make a commitment to ensure athletic equality in their country by passing a decree similar to the United States’ Title IX.


President of the International Olympic Committee

President Jacques Rogge

Tel: +41 21 621 6111;

Fax: +41 21 621 6216

Château de Vidy

Case postale 356

1001 Lausanne, Switzerland

Chair of London Olympic Organizing Committee

Lord Sebastian Coe

Tel: +44 20 3 2012 000

Fax:+44 203-2012 001

One Churchill Place

Canary Wharf

London E14 5LN

And copies to

President of the US Olympic Committee

President Lawrence Probst III

United States Olympic Committee

Tel: 719-632-5551

27 South Tejon

Colorado Springs, CO 80903




It is No Women No Play’s belief that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is condoning Gender Apartheid that is taking place in Saudi Arabia. By not banning the country from participation in the Olympics until it agrees to include women, the IOC displays their disregard for human rights and the precedent they set prior to the 1964 games. In 1964, South Africa was banned from the Olympics because of their racial apartheid practices.

The Olympic Charter very clearly states: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing a sport without discrimination of any kind … Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender, or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

Saudi Arabia’s blatant gender apartheid practices and exclusion of women from the Olympic Games is in stark contrast with the Olympic Charter.

With the 2012 Games less than two months away, the IOC’s inaction is sending the message that they believe gender discrimination is of no importance to them or the international community.

The IOC’s continuing “dialogue” with Saudi Arabia is going nowhere. An unidentified Saudi official said that there is no “female team taking part in these three fields” at the Olympics, and President Jacques Rogge of the IOC has stated that he remains “cautiously optimistic” and that they are still dialoguing with the Saudi National Olympic Committee.

Stand up for Saudi women and girls and tell the IOC to ban this country from competing in the Olympics. If the Saudi Olympic team arrives in London with no women, which it will, the IOC should send it right back, with a copy of the Olympic Charter.

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