London Olympics 2012: Saudi Judo Athlete Wojdan Shaherkani Banned From Wearing Hijab

A Saudi Olympic athlete has been banned from wearing the hijab when she competes in the Judo competition next week.

The International Judo Federation ruled on Thursday that Wojdan Shaherkani would not be able to wear the traditional Muslim headscarf as it would be dangerous in a sport involving throws and strangleholds.

Talks between Olympic and Saudi officials have been held in an attempt to resolve the dispute which, according to the Telegraph, could lead to the the Saudi Team withdrawing their entire team from the Games.

Seems like a con to me! has anyone seen how women they do judo in Saudi Arabia before even allowing them to take part, it doesn't add up, surely there is one rule in Judo that all competitors know about, it can't be different all over the world, they must have known they cant wear certain items of clothing. just seems a stitch up to be allowed to enter the games then kick off about something when they get here.

Wujdan Shahrkhani is one of only two female athletes representing Saudi Arabia, the other being Sarah Attar who will run in the 800 metres.

Until a few weeks ago Saudi Arabia had insisted that it would not allow females to compete, the only participating nation to do so.

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