Girl Power: IOC Considers Banning Saudi Arabia

Via Fanhouse: The BBC is reporting that the International Olympic Committee is pressuring Saudi Arabia to allow women to compete, or face the same penalty put upon South Africa in 1964. Bravo. Though it still took thirty years for apartheid to end, the IOC’s ban raised awareness of the terrible policy. Saudi Arabia’s policy on not letting women take part or watch any sports is no different. 

I completely appreciate and understand that women’s lives and roles in Saudi Arabia are different than mine. However, adding sports to the lives of women only has upside. Their society can remain segregated. Dribbling a basketball or hitting a volleyball does not violate any traditions and rules of Islam. The uniforms may cause a problem, but changes can always be made. I live near a sizable Muslim population in Chicago, and have watched many high school basketball and softball games where the young women have modified their uniforms, and worn a head scarf to stay true to their religion.  

Sports have added so much to the lives of millions of women who have played them, including mine. In addition to the obvious physical fitness benefits, women gain self-esteem, confidence, teamwork skills, discipline, the list goes on and one. I wonder why the clerics wouldn’t let women, who are already well-educated, to gain these skills – maybe they are afraid of what an empowered group of women would try to accomplish. 

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1 Response to “Girl Power: IOC Considers Banning Saudi Arabia”


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