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!


  1. Sarah Ruck on April 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Yes, I think that they should ban them from the Olympics. Race discrimination and gender discrimination aren’t very different. The only difference is, that one is illegal and the other isn’t. If they will ban one country from not abiding by the rules then they should ban any other country who doesn’t abide by them either. It isn’t right for us females to he discriminates against and no one takes up for us. When black people are discriminated ago at someone always takes up for them, because it’s now illegal to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics and any other race except for whites. So why shouldn’t it be illegal to discrimminaye against women/ladies?

  2. Grace on April 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    They should ban that country…It is clear that some countries are getting worse and worse..what is going on. You would think by now such things should be behind us. They should be banned is there a petition or a facebook page we can go to share our voice.

    I just heard this morning,another country that sterilize women..remove their uterus without their consent..painful. You go giving birth and the next thing you know, you have no uterus.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. gretchen on April 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Wow sterilization? That’s nuts. I will do some Googling to see if I can find a petition somewhere.

  4. Bryanna on April 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I think they should ban them. Who gives them the right to make it so women can’t particapate in the Olympics? That’s sexist and not right. Women can’t do it? Men shouldn’t be able to either.

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