The Madeleine Brand Show for July 31, 2012

Female Saudi Arabian judo fighter has a showdown with the IOC

Female Saudi Judo athlete Wodjan Ali Ser

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Female Saudi Judo athlete Wojdan Shaherkani (L) arrives with her father at Heathrow airport in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Saudi Arabia's decision to allow two female athletes to compete at the Olympic Games overturns a decades-old taboo imposed by the conservative Muslim monarchy which still bars women from sports at home.

Olympic officials have relented, and will allow a Saudi woman to to be part of the Judo competition while wearing a traditional hijab. It's the latest controversy involving women, and what they wear as athletes.

In the past, women boxers were asked to wear skirts, controversy continues to surround the attire of female beach volleyball players and there have been proposals to change the way badminton players had to dress.

Judo officials had previously said they would not allow Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani compete in a headscarf, because it was against the principles of the sport and raised safety concerns, according to the Washington Post.

Guest:

Liz Clarke, reporter for the Washington Post, curerntly in London covering the Olympic Games


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