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03/03/12

More Likely to See a Unicorn than Saudi Woman Kicking a Ball

timelogo.gifFans of the Olympics have seen unusual athletes engaging in some odd sports over the years. In 1912, there was the Glima competition -- a form of Icelandic wrestling in which competitors wore leather straps around their waists and thighs which opponents grabbed to score takedowns. Other Olympians have engaged in fishing, ballooning, "skijoring" (races with animals pulling humans on skis) and bandy -- a hybrid of ice hockey and soccer.

But spectators watching London's 2012 Olympics this summer will not see that extremely rare creature: the Saudi woman athlete. In fact, they are more likely to see camels racing in Piccadilly Circus than a single Saudi women kicking a ball around a London soccer field.
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