Should the Olympics ban Saudi Arabia for refusing to let women participate?
Here’s an interesting dilemma… Now that Saudi Arabia has officially forbidden women from participating in the Olympics, should the Olympic committee ban Saudi Arabia and other countries who discriminate against women from attending the games?
The official Olympic charter reads:
“Any form of discrimination with regard to a country on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”
In 1964, the Olympics defended this statement and banned South Africa from participating because they refused condemn apartheid. Clearly the Olympic committee is not afraid to back up what they say and take action. Should they step in and defend these female athletes?
How is racial discrimination any different than gender discrimination? Do you think the Olympic Committee should send a message to these countries that their gender discrimination will not be tolerated?
Surely by now there is a petition going around for this topic somewhere… if anyone finds it, let me know and post the link below!