Prince Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s interior minister and crown prince, agreed to permit female Saudi athletes to take part in the 2012 Olympics in London, al- Hayat reported, citing a report submitted to a Shoura Council panel.
Approval applies to sports that suit the nature and decency of women and don’t conflict with Islamic law teachings, the London-based newspaper said, citing a report prepared by the kingdom’s General Presidency of Youth Welfare.
The London Games start July 27. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei haven’t included female athletes in their delegations.
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