Saudi Arabia to send four women to Rio Olympics

Sara Al-Attar will again compete for Saudi Arabia at the Olympics after making her debut at the Games in London in 2012. (Reuters)

The Saudi Olympic Committee has approved four female Saudi athletes to compete as part of the kingdom's team at the Rio Olympics, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Sara Al-Attar, Lubna Al-Omair, Cariman Abu Al-Jadail and Wujud Fahmi will become the second group of women Olympians to represent Saudi Arabia.

The announcements of the names of the male and female team members were made separately given the sensitivities regarding gender segregation and women's athletics in Saudi Arabia, said Saudi Olympic Committee Chief Executive Hosam Alqurashi.

The four women will be given wildcard entries so they can compete without meeting formal qualification standards, a spokesman said.

Saudia Arabia entered two women under a similar arrangement for the 2012 Olympics in London in what was a symbolic first for the kingdom.

Attar is a veteran of the London games, where she ran in the 800 meters. She will be joined in Rio by another runner, Abu Al-Jadail, who will run in the 100 meters. Omair will participate in fencing, while Fahmi will be in the under-52 kg judo event.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49