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Aug 1, 2012

Hijab no hurdle for Muslim sportswomen as bans eased

LONDON (Reuters) – Headscarf-wearing Muslim women are making strides at the Olympic Games, a year after the Iranian women’s soccer team broke down in tears at having to withdraw from a qualifying match because they wore hijabs.

Worn under a fencing mask, wrapped tightly in an elasticated bun for weightlifting or styled into a cap for shooting, the controversial headgear is finally winning acceptance from sporting associations.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Hijab no hurdle for Muslim sportswomen as bans eased

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Headscarf-wearing Muslim women are
making strides at the Olympic Games, a year after the Iranian
women’s soccer team broke down in tears at having to withdraw
from a qualifying match because they wore hijabs.

Worn under a fencing mask, wrapped tightly in an elasticated
bun for weightlifting or styled into a cap for shooting, the
controversial headgear is finally winning acceptance from
sporting associations.

Aug 1, 2012

Swimming – Syria’s Jumah blocks out turmoil at home

LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian swimmer Bayan Jumah on Wednesday said she did not let the conflict in her country affect her training or performance at the London Olympics, even as helicopter gunships attack rebel fighters in her besieged home city of Aleppo.

Syria’s 10 athletes at the Games have kept a low profile, and have steered away from politics as Western nations condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and call on him to step down over his crackdown on opposition activists and rebels.

Aug 1, 2012

Syria’s Jumah blocks out turmoil at home

LONDON (Reuters) – Syrian swimmer Bayan Jumah on Wednesday said she did not let the conflict in her country affect her training or performance at the London Olympics, even as helicopter gunships attack rebel fighters in her besieged home city of Aleppo.

Syria’s 10 athletes at the Games have kept a low profile, and have steered away from politics as Western nations condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and call on him to step down over his crackdown on opposition activists and rebels.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Swimming-Syria’s Jumah blocks out turmoil at home

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Syrian swimmer Bayan Jumah on
Wednesday said she did not let the conflict in her country
affect her training or performance at the London Olympics, even
as helicopter gunships attack rebel fighters in her besieged
home city of Aleppo.

Syria’s 10 athletes at the Games have kept a low profile,
and have steered away from politics as Western nations condemn
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and call on him to step down
over his crackdown on opposition activists and rebels.

Jul 31, 2012

Qatar eyes major global sporting role

LONDON (Reuters) – With its lavish Olympic headquarters next to the iconic Savoy hotel in one of London’s poshest districts, Qatar is putting its money where its mouth in a bid to join the world’s leading sporting nations.

The tiny oil and gas-rich Gulf state has for the duration of the Games converted an engineering institute on a bank of the River Thames into an adobe-walled traditional Qatari home, complete with wrought-iron Arab lamps and plush furniture.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Qatar eyes major global sporting role

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – With its lavish Olympic
headquarters next to the iconic Savoy hotel in one of London’s
poshest districts, Qatar is putting its money where its mouth in
a bid to join the world’s leading sporting nations.

The tiny oil and gas-rich Gulf state has for the duration of
the Games converted an engineering institute on a bank of the
River Thames into an adobe-walled traditional Qatari home,
complete with wrought-iron Arab lamps and plush furniture.

Jul 30, 2012

Saudi woman allowed to compete in hijab

LONDON (Reuters) – A female Saudi fighter will take part in the Olympic judo competition after being allowed to wear an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, of a specific design, officials said on Monday.

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani is one of only two Saudi women to travel to London after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lobbied the conservative Islamic kingdom to end its refusal to send women to the Games.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Saudi woman allowed to compete in hijab

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – A female Saudi fighter will take
part in the Olympic judo competition after being allowed to wear
an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, of a specific design, officials
said on Monday.

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani is one of only two
Saudi women to travel to London after the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) lobbied the conservative Islamic kingdom to end
its refusal to send women to the Games.

Jul 30, 2012

Arab Spring states revel in renewed pride at Olympics

LONDON (Reuters) – For most Olympians, the Games are a chance to show off their rare talents. For the Libyan, Egyptian and Tunisian athletes, they are a chance to show the world a new chapter in their history after the Arab Spring revolutions.

In Libya, former leader Muammar Gaddafi shunned sports figures because he feared they would draw the national spotlight away from him. For a time, soccer players could only be referred to on television by their number.