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Call for Olympics ban for Saudi Arabia February 21, 2012

Posted by tonysarjeant in Health and Fitness.
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The International Olympics Committee stands by while Saudi Arabia flouts

its charter statement on equality, which reads;

to encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all
structures with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women;

Saudi Arabia has never sent women to compete in the Olympic Games and they are unlikely to do so this year.   Saudi Arabia is a country that forbids woman to take part in any competitive sport, or join sports clubs, although some play sports clandestinely.  The IOG has taken action before, when it banned South Africa from taking part in the Olympic Games during the apartheid era, so it is baffling that this treatment of women as second class citizens does not  merit similar action.  Human Rights Watch has called for such a  ban but there is no sign o

f the IOG taking this seriously.

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Olympic Legacy February 7, 2012

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I have just come from a Council meeting where we have been told that the cost of using their sporting facilities is being put up by a minimum of 15%, which could be the final straw for our jogging group.  I know that their budget has been cut. After all there are foreign wars to fight, rich businessmen need their outrageous bonuses to get them to work and the Olympic games are soaking up funds, but I seem to remember, that when we bid for the games we were all going to benefit. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport stated;

Harnessing the United Kingdom’s passion for sport to increase grass roots participation, particularly by young people – and to encourage the whole population to be more physically active.

This is from a document less than two years old.  We should have know that they are the usual empty words that we seem to get from politicians these days.