Should we ban Saudi Arabia from the Olympics?

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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?

-Paul Revere

 

 

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Saudi women wait in line in the "women section" at of a fast food resturant in the 'Faysalia' mall in Riyadh City, on September 26, 2011, a day after Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud granted women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative country where women are subjected to many restrictions.AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE

Saudi women wait in line in the “women section” at of a fast food resturant in the ‘Faysalia’ mall in Riyadh City, on September 26, 2011, a day after Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud granted women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative country where women are subjected to many restrictions

 

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2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Women's 100m Preliminary Round - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Kariman Abuljadayel (KSA) of Saudi Arabia and Karitaake Tewaaki (KIR) of Kiribati react REUTERS/David Gray FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. - RTSMY0Y

2016 Rio Olympics – Athletics – Preliminary – Women’s 100m Preliminary Round – Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 12/08/2016. Kariman Abuljadayel (KSA) of Saudi Arabia and Karitaake Tewaaki (KIR) of Kiribati react REUTERS/David Gray FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. – RTSMY0Y

 

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