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Blue vs. black: 82 seconds to fame

04/08/2012

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani Is First Saudi Woman To Compete In Olympics

The participation of Saudi judo player Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani had raised the scorn of the kingdom’s ultraconservative Islamic clerics, who said she was dishonoring herself by fighting in front of men, including the male referee and judges.

The modified hijab was a concession to the sport to avoid choking.

Shahrkhani’s detractors, though, see her participation as a deviation from Islamic mores and an attempt by the West to co-opt the Arab world’s most conservative nation, home to Islam’s holiest site.

82 seconds.

82 seconds.

The 16-year-old had been in the spotlight before her event began as judo officials said she could not wear a headscarf for safety reasons.

The contest appeared to be an overwhelming experiencing for the Mecca-born teenager.

Despite only being qualified as a blue belt in judo, she wore the higher black belt to compete.
* Olympics judo: Shahrkhani first Saudi Arabian woman at Games

* Wojdan Shaherkani

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