Should we ban Saudi Arabia from the Olympics?
Playing sports is illegal, for the women of Saudi Arabia. Simply attending a soccer match is illegal. The first time Saudi Arabian women competed in the Olympics was 2012. The female teams have to practice in secret. It’s causing quite the stir.
In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for women to do many things, such as drive a car or enter a cemetery. They just won the right to ride a bicycle and motorcycle. Women are not allowed to leave their homes or work, without permission from a male relative. Women of all faiths must cover their hair, arms and shoulders, when in public. The females are segregated and not even allowed to stand in a Starbucks line, with a man. In all of Islam, women are considered half the value of a man.
Businesses like Pizza Hut, Starbucks, McDonalds and KFC enforce the segregation laws. Even people who are single, are segregated from families.
Will the addition of Saudi Arabian women to the Olympics, make a difference to women rights? Or should we ban Saudi Arabia from the Olympics, until sports are legal for all women?