Saudi Arabia Is Sending 4 Female Athletes to the Rio Olympics

The Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee will send four female athletes to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sara al-Attar, Lubna al-Omair, Wujud Fahmi and Cariman Abu al-Jadail will compete for their country, a spokesman for the committee said last week.

The women will become the second group of female athletes to represent the conservative kingdom (a country where women are forbidden from driving and are subject to a prohibitive male guardianship system) at the Olympics.

The announcements of the male Saudi team members – of which there are only seven – was made separately from the female team due to “sensitivities regarding gender segregation and women’s athletics in Saudi Arabia,” reports Reuters.


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