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Brunei Jeux Olympiques

Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar have sent women athletes to the London 2012 Olympics for the first time. Many hope that the inclusion of Muslim female athletes in the Games will be a catalyst for women's progress in Middle Eastern nations. Read this Los Angeles Times article about these trailblazing athletes, and how they are serving as an example of strength and perseverance for women in their countries and across the world

à partir de CNN

Olympic first as Saudi Arabia names two women in London 2012 team -

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei will have women competing in the Olympics for the first time in history. BIG WIN!

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Rebecca Adlington - 50 Olympic Athletes to Watch

Bahiya Al-Hamad, 19, is aiming for history. The air-rifle shooter will be part of a trio of Qatari female athletes heading to London this year — a first for the tiny Gulf nation. Qatar, like Brunei and Saudi Arabia, has never been represented by women at the Olympics before.

By 2010, only three countries had never sent female athletes to the Games: Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Saudi Arabia and Qatar had been competing regularly with all-male teams. In 2010, the International Olympic Committee announced it would "press" these countries to enable and facilitate the participation of women for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Anita DeFrantz, chair of the IOC's Women and Sports Commission, suggested that countries be barred if they prevented women from competing.

For the first time ever, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei sent women to the Olympics, which make London the first time ever that there will be a female representative from every country. This was made possible because of the Universality rule, demonstrating its relevance and importance to create change through offering the opportunity for women to compete athletically who come from cultures where they are severely suppressed.


Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar are letting their women athletes participate in the Olympics!! Let these women show their talent.

à partir de The Economist

In the closet

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

à partir de The Atlantic

These Photos Are of the First Female, Saudi Arabian Olympians in History

The First Female, Saudi Arabian Olympians in History


For the first time in Olympic history all participating teams will have female athletes - Saudi Arabia had 2 female athletes, Qatar had 4 and Brunei had 1

Saudi Arabia Joins Brunei Darussalam and Qatar in Sending Female Athletes to London 2012