Palestinian and Saudi female athletes London 2012
Covered in clothing from head to toe, except for her smiling face poking out from her hood, Attar made her debut five days after a Saudi judo athlete became the ultraconservative country’s first female competitor at any Olympics.
“This is such a huge honor and an amazing experience, just to be representing the women,” Attar said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I know that this can make a huge difference.”
The 19-year-old Attar ran 800 meters in 2 minutes, 44.95 seconds. To her, the time wasn’t the point.
Her mother is American and her father is Saudi. She has dual citizenship, was born in California and runs track at Pepperdine University near Los Angeles.
Attar wanted to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympics as a way of inspiring women.
“For women in Saudi Arabia, I think this can really spark something to get more involved in sports, to become more athletic,” she said. “Maybe in the next Olympics, we can have a very strong team to come.”
what do you think people?
tokenism?..i mean, these 2 runners are not even close to being competitive..and when was Palestine a country? did i miss something? and if you are going to let them run then stop putting religion into sport..they should be able to wear what is needed..not what the religious leaders want..
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