Qatar to Send Women to Olympics for First Time

A swimmer and a sprinter from the Middle Eastern country have been offered wild-card invitations

by Lesley Kennedy • reporter

This summer, we’ll be cheering USA! USA! from our living rooms as we watch the summer Olympics, but we’ll also be giving a Rah! Rah! Rah! to the women of Qatar.

The Associated Press reports that for the first time, the country will be sending women athletes to the London Games.

The International Olympic Committee extended wild-card invites to Nada Arkaji, a swimmer, and Noor al-Malki, a sprinter, according to the news service, and that number could rise.

Now it’s your turn, Saudi Arabia and Brunei: Isn’t it about time you too sent women to the Olympics?

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First Published February 21, 2012

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