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Saudi Arabia Won’t Back Female Olympics Athletes, Al-Riyadh Says

Saudi Arabia’s Olympic authority won’t endorse Saudi female participation in the 2012 Olympics in London, Al-Riyadh newspaper reported today, citing Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, head of the General Presidency of Youth Welfare.

Saudi women are free to participate on their own and the presidency’s role will be limited to ensuring that their participation conforms with Islamic Sharia law, Prince Nawaf said, according to the newspaper.

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