With her Judo match today, Olympian Wojdan Shahrkhani became the first woman to represent Saudi Arabia at the Olympic Games.
“I am happy to be at the Olympics,” [Shahrkhani] whispered in Arabic, her brother, Hassan, holding both her arms. “Unfortunately, we did not win a medal, but in the future we will and I will be a star for women’s participation.”
Her father, Ali, a judo referee, told The Associated Press he “cried like a baby” watching his daughter compete.
“She was happy and smiled when she finished the fight. She hugged me and said: ‘Daddy, I did this.’ I was so proud,” he said.
To read more about Shahrkhani’s historic match, click here.
Ali’a Ahmed Madani, 20, weightlifter, Sudan
In light of the 2012 Olympics, take a look at the extraordinary photos & videos of Arab and Muslim women athletes in FT Magazine.
“‘You should have it in your heart to do what you believe God wants you to do….[Sport] gives you confidence, it gives you structure, it gives you order – to be on time, practice, to encourage others … It gave me the ability to think I could do anything.” – Mariam Hussein, Somali national basketball ace
Check out the wonderful article, video & photos, at FT Magazine, here!