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Saudi Arabia's Judo Champion Won't Wear a Hijab at the Olympics

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Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, one of the first two female athletes sent to the Olympics by Saudi Arabia, will participate in the Olympic's judo competition with a bare head.

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"She will fight according to the principle and spirit of judo, so without a hijab," International Judo Federation president Marius Vizer said.

Given that many Saudi Arabian clerics would rather their country's women not compete at the Olympics — or exercise at all, since conservatives believe it's wrong for women to spend time playing sports — it's a given that this won't go over too smoothly.

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Saudi woman to compete without Islamic headscarf [Reuters]

(Image via YouTube.)

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Random note, but the image alongside this post is not of the hijab, but of the burqa, the covering that is mandated in Saudi Arabia.