Rushing headfirst into the 8th Century. We imagine headchopping may now become an Olympic sport.
Saudi Arabia has proposed holding a gender-segregated Olympic Games.
In comments made by Prince Fahad bin Jalawi al-Saud – a consultant to the Saudi Olympic Committee –it was suggested the country could bid jointly with Bahrain, which could host the women’s events.
“Our society can be very conservative. It has a hard time accepting that women can compete in sports,” the Prince told French website Francs Jeux.
“Wearing sports clothing in public is not really allowed. For these cultural reasons, it is difficult to bid for certain big international events.”
You think? Well, for now at least, the Olympics folks dismiss the idea.
And IOC spokesman added: “You cannot simply ‘outsource’ certain issues to another territory”.
London 2012 was the first time that Saudi Arabia had sent female athletes to an Olympic Games, under pressure from the IOC. But the two women chosen – judoka Wojdan Shaherkani and runner Sarah Attar – were widely denounced as ‘prostitutes’ on social media by conservatives. They competed with their hair covered and were accompanied by male guardians. The country sent a male-only team to last year’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Yeah, those “conservatives” just can’t handle seeing women wearing skimpy clothing.