London 2012: was this the women's Olympics? (G) Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's only female competitor (in a team of three) finished outside the official qualifying time for the women's 400m, but received special dispensation to compete. Saudi Arabia has put forward two women to compete: 16-year-old Wojdan Shaherkani in the judo and 19-year-old Sarah Attar in the women's 800 metres. One third of the Qatar 12-strong team are women, competing in shooting, athletics, swimming and table tennis.
Players from the Saudi women's (hopeful) Olympic basketball team. Saudi Arabia, along with Qatar and Brunei has NEVER sent female athletes to an Olympic games, but that might change this year - www.london2012.com #basketball #london2012 #olympics
This article portrays the gradual inclusion of women in the olympics. The London 2012 summer olympics was "the first time all sports [were] open to women and all national teams [included] female athletes—Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia had never sent women before." From an article featured in The Economist magazine on August 4, 2012
One of the many records broken during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games was the number of female athletes participating from the conservative Islamic nations of Qatar, Brunei and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia only allowed the women to compete after the International Olympic Committee, or IOC, threatened to bar the whole team unless women were included. The controversy over the Saudi athletes is just one of the many ways in which women athletes and gender issues have come into focus during this…