If the Saudis allowed women in the Olympics, there would exist the horrendous prospect that people might, you know, see them. Maybe even without niqabs. Not to mention the need for elaborate chaperoning and possibly futile attempts to avoid interaction with unrelated men.
Otherwise, if you allow women into the Olympics, they will have sex.
Just like if you let them drive, they will have sex.
And if you let them out to run an errand without a male guardian, they will have sex.
If they go outdoors to enjoy good weather, they will have sex.
If they speak on the phone with an unrelated man, they will have sex.
You see, it’s all fun and games until Saudi Arabia disintegrates into an orgy because these strictures are not respected. Or at least, that’s how their enforcers seem to think. “Saudi Arabia says no to women Olympians,” by Joseph Mayton for Bikya Masr, February 17:
CAIRO: Less than three months after Saudi Arabia said it would permit women to participate in the London 2012 Olympic Games, it has reportedly reneged on their agreement, barring women from entering the Games.
The move will also threaten the country”s overall participation in the Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee saying that all countries must field female athletes as part of their teams.
The decision has been roundly criticized by human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), which said in a press release that the move is counter to the Olympic Charter, which says, “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit.”
HRW said it shouldn’t be too surprising, however, as state-run schools offer no physical education for girls and only men belong to sports clubs in the country.
“In fact, government restrictions on women essentially bar them from sports,” a new report says, HRW reported.
The IOC Women’s Chair Anita DeFrantz warned the country in 2010 that if female athletes are not allowed to participate, the country could face being banned from the global competition.
Dalma Rushdi Malhas, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, was the likely choice for the competition. She won a bronze medal at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics and has the ability to compete at the highest level.
The OIC required each country to field at least one woman in the Youth Olympics and Saudi Arabia included Malhas in its delegation.
In response to comments by the International Olympic Committee, last year Saudi Arabia said it would not oppose participation by a Saudi woman in the London Olympics — but that it would not invite her as part of its official team.
“Human Rights Watch urges the International Olympic Committee to uphold the values of the Olympic Charter and condition Saudi Arabia’s participation in the London 2012 Olympics on the country taking steps to end discrimination against women in sports,” HRW said in their statement.