Wojdan Shaherkani makes history at London Olympics
Judoka Wojdan Shaherkani's historic debut on 3 August 2012 lasted only 82 seconds, but the ramifications will be massive for women in Saudi Arabia. Looking nervous and wearing a black, swimming cap-style head covering, Shaherkani’s participation was at risk until international judo and Saudi officials reached a compromise agreement to let her compete with a modified head-covering. It covered the entire top of her head, while the back of her neck was masked by the collar of her judo suit. Several times she adjusted the cap, both before and during her bout. Her presence at the Olympic Games though is a huge positive step for women in Saudi Arabia.
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