Here’s another reason to catch a little Olympic fever this summer: Saudi Arabia has finally decided to allow women to compete in the games.
After months of speculation, the country’s London embassy has announced its Olympic Committee will “oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify,” the BBC reports.
Dalma Rushdi Malhas, a show jumper, is the only woman who has a shot at competing, according to the news organization. If she does, she will be expected to dress in a manner to preserve her “dignity”—including “a sports hijab” that covers the hair but not the face.
“It’s very sensitive,” a Saudi official tells the BBC about the decision. “King Abdullah is trying to initiate reform in a subtle way, by finding the right balance between going too fast or too slow.”
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