Sunday, June 15, 2008

Saudi women fighting for Olympic rights. Go, girls!!

Eight years after the Sydney Olympics Hadi Souan Somayli still finds it hard to talk about the 400 metres hurdles final.

He led for 399 metres but at the finishing line US sprinter Angelo Taylor surged forward to take gold.

When I suggest we watch the race together his face darkens. It is not until he shows me his Olympic medal that his mood lightens.

"This is special not just for me", he says. "It's special also for my country because this is the first medal that we won in the Olympics."

Somayli is going to Beijing as director of the Saudi sprint team and, like every Saudi Olympic official and athlete, he is a man. More...

See also: Saudi women and eternal childhood...

And this: Olympics: free Saudi Arabia!!!!

And this: Saudi father kills Facebook daughter...

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