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Saudi Arabia finally OKs Olympics for women
'Meet the standards of women's decency and don't contradict Islamic laws'
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In this undated photo provided by Reema Abdullah, members of the Jeddah Kings United all female team attend soccer exercise in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Cheering them on is the Jeddah Kings United coach and striker Reema Abdullah, second left background, who is also leading a campaign in the ultra conservative Muslim country to allow women to participate in sports and compete internationally.
March 20, 2012, 12:03 pm

A Saudi Arabian newspaper says Crown Prince Nayef has approved plans for the ultra conservative Muslim country to send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time at the London Games.

The Saudi-owned and London-based Al-Hayat newspaper says Nayef, who is heir to the aging king, has approved the participation of women at the London Olympics in sports that "meet the standards of women's decency and don't contradict Islamic laws."

Saudi sports officials could not be reached to confirm Tuesday's report in the Arabic-language newspaper.

The IOC said Monday that progress has been made in talks with Saudi Olympic officials on sending female athletes and officials to the games.

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