But don’t worry. The world will almost certainly be spared the loss of all those peerless Saudi athletes: the IOC will cave, throwing safety considerations out the window. Whenever there is a conflict between Islamic practice and Infidel practice, Infidel practice must give way, say the Islamic supremacists — and so far the Infidels have been happy to oblige.
“London 2012 Olympics: Saudi Arabia threaten to withdraw from Olympics over judo headscarf ban,” by Jacquelin Magnay for the Telegraph, July 27:
Saudi Arabia have threatened to withdraw from the London 2012 Olympic Games unless female judo athlete Wujdan Shahrkhani is allowed to wear her headscarf in competition.
The International Olympic Committee has organised an urgent meeting with Saudi Arabia national Olympic committee officials, the international judo federation, and London Olympic organisers to try and avert the Saudi withdrawal.
“Yes we have heard that the Saudis are not happy and we will have an urgent meeting, certainly in the next two days,” an IOC spokesperson told Telegraph Sport.
The issue is particularly sensitive as the IOC president Jacques Rogge had spent many months attempting to ensure Saudi Arabian women were participating in the London Games, despite initial reticence by the Saudi royal family.
Saudi Arabia had been the only country which appeared not to be sending any female athletes to the Games.
But just weeks ago, the IOC announced that two female athletes would represent Saudi Arabia at the Games: Shahrkhani in judo and Sarah Attar in track and field….