There have always been political and global controversies when it comes to the Olympics. And sadly despite the attempts of a united effort to put all that aside, Saudi Women are not legally allowed to participate in the Summer Olympics this year. “The Saudis are refusing to send women to the Olympics (as are their brothers in Qatar and Brunei) despite public pressure from the International Olympic Committee…”

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Fans 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.

(PHOTOS:Saudi Women in Focus)

It’s not because Saudi women athletes don’t exist. They do, but they are few and far between, and face enormous social and legal pressure to sit down and…

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