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Saudi Arabia at the Olympics

Saudi Arabia at the Olympic Games

Flag of Saudi Arabia
IOC code  KSA
NOC Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee
Website (Arabic) (English)
Olympic history
Summer Games

Saudi Arabia has competed in eight Summer Olympic Games. They first appeared in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. They have never competed in the Winter Olympic Games.


  • The issue of women's participation 1
  • List of medalists 2
    • Medals by sport 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4

The issue of women's participation

Wojdan Shaherkani, first female competitor from Saudi Arabia to compete at any Olympics in any event, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in Judo

By Saudi Arabian law, women were, until recently, not permitted to compete in the Olympic Games.[1] However, following the International Olympic Committee pressuring the Saudi Olympic Committee to send female athletes to the 2012 Summer Olympics, in June 2012 the Saudi Embassy in London announced this had been agreed.[2][3]

There were calls for Saudi Arabia to be barred from the Olympics until it permitted women to compete—notably from [5]

Dalma Rushdi Malhas competed at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics and won a bronze medal in equestrian (see Saudi Arabia at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics).

Saudi Arabia agreed on July 12, 2012, to send two women to compete in the 2012 Olympic games in London, England. The two female athletes were Wojdan Shaherkani in judo and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.[6] Prior to June 2012, Saudi Arabia banned female athletes from competing at the Olympics.[7] The 2012 games marked the first time in Olympics history where every participating country included female athletes.[8]

List of medalists

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Hadi Al-Somaily 2000 Sydney Athletics Men's 400 metre hurdles
 Bronze Khaled Al Eid 2000 Sydney Equestrian Individual show jumping
 Bronze Ramzy Al Duhami
Abdullah Al Saud
Kamal Bahamdan
Abdullah Sharbatly
2012 London Equestrian Team jumping

Medals by sport

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics 0 1 0 1
Equestrian 0 0 2 2
Total 0 1 2 3

See also


  1. ^ "Rice hopes Saudi women will soon compete in Olympics", AFP, August 17, 2008
  2. ^ "Saudi women vie for Olympic rights", BBC, June 13, 2008
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Qatar decision to send female athletes to London 2012 increases pressure on Saudi Arabia", Inside the Games, July 1, 2010
  5. ^ "Bar countries that ban women athletes", Ali Al-Ahmed, New York Times, May 19, 2008
  6. ^
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  8. ^
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