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Saudi Arabia Doubles the Women It's Sending to Rio

That would be to 4 female athletes, but it's only sending 11

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia will send four women to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, doubling its female participation after two women competed for the first time at the 2012 London Games. Hosam al-Qurashi, executive director of the Saudi Olympic Committee, told the AP on Sunday that two of the women will participate... More »

Meet the Girl, 16, Who Just Made MLB History

Melissa Mayeux is first female on MLB's international registration list

(Newser) - Melissa Mayeux is a member of France's national U-18 baseball team, the French senior national softball team, and will attend Major League Baseball's European Elite Camp in August. It's an impressive resume for a 16-year-old shortstop, but Melissa's biggest accomplishment came Sunday, when her name was... More »

Rampant Sex Abuse Dogs USA Swimming

Coaches have attacked young athletes amid years of limited oversight

(Newser) - In an environment of little oversight, leading swim coaches across the US have taken advantage of a power dynamic to abuse their athletes for decades. In an in-depth piece at Outside , Rachel Sturtz recounts the story of Anna Strzempko, a former top swimmer who has reported repeated rapes by her... More »

Female Sprinter Fights Ban—Over Her Testosterone

Sprinter Dutee Chand doesn't want to change her natural body to compete

(Newser) - Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was born with what may be a blessing and a curse: hyperandrogenism. The medical condition results in unusually high levels of testosterone—high enough, in fact, that it crosses the threshold for what determines whether one can compete against women. She is fighting the International Association... More »

Mo'ne Davis: Ahead of the Boys, for Now

Sports Illustrated cover aside, she's got long odds ahead of her

(Newser) - Even though Mo'ne Davis's incredible 70mph pitch is on this week's Sports Illustrated cover , it doesn't seem likely that the teen phenom has a baseball career ahead of her. "The most likely scenario is that Davis has no future in professional baseball," writes Amanda... More »

First Woman to Join NFL Trials Sunday

Lauren Silberman a longshot, but eager for her shot

(Newser) - There's never been a woman in the NFL, but that's not stopping Lauren Silberman. Just by trying out at the NFL regional trials on Sunday, she'll be making history, becoming the first woman to do so, reports the AP . Silberman, 28, has no experience playing organized football,... More »

With 66% of US Gold, Women Romped in London

Great results from 40 years of gender-equality laws, say experts

(Newser) - With women accounting for nearly 66% of America's gold medals this Olympics—not to mention 56% of US medals overall—London 2012 represents something of a golden age in women's athletics, reports the Los Angeles Times . Their best previous showing was 43% of golds, back in 2000, a... More »

US Women Win 4x400 Relay; Felix Snags Third Gold

Jamaica sets world record in 4x100 relay

(Newser) - Allyson Felix won her third gold medal of the London Olympics, giving the United States a 20-meter lead after the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay and then watching teammate Sanya Richards-Ross bring home the victory today. The US runners finished in 3 minutes, 16.87 seconds for the country'... More »

Saudi Will Wear Hijab in Judo Competition

Olympics gives go-ahead after judo teen's dad insists

(Newser) - Saudi officials have won the go-ahead from the International Olympic Committee for a female athlete to wear a hijab in the judo competition. Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, 16, had signed an agreement with Saudi officials that she would only compete if she could wear "correct and approved" clothing... More »

This Woman Will Be the Most Pregnant Olympian Ever

Malaysian shooter will be 8 months pregnant when she competes

(Newser) - Malaysian shooting champ Nur Suryani Mohamed isn't just the first pregnant woman to compete in a summer Olympics since 1920, she's so far along that she may become the first person to give birth at the Games. The 29-year-old athlete, who discovered that she was pregnant just two... More »

Saudis Add Females in Big Olympics for Women

It's sending 2 female athletes to London Games

(Newser) - London 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the woman. Three big Olympic firsts are set to happen when the Games kick off in a few weeks:
  • Saudi Arabia will indeed send female athletes to the Olympics, announced the IOC today, putting an end to its males-only history.
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3 Nations to Send First Female Athletes to Olympics

Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Qatar expected to have women compete in London

(Newser) - This summer's Olympics in London may be the first in which every nation will send at least one female athlete, reports the New York Times . That's because three Muslim holdouts—Saudi Arabia, Brunei, and Qatar—are expected to grudgingly make the concession. Don't expect full teams: Saudi... More »

Olympic Ban Urged for Sexist Saudi Arabia

'Systemic discrimination' should keep nation out: Human Rights Watch

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia should be banned from participating in the London Olympics unless it includes a female athlete, says a scathing new report from Human Rights Watch. The nation is one of three that regularly participate in the games that has yet to send a women to the Olympics. Saudi Arabia'... More »

US Women's Soccer Season Canceled

WPS suspends play while it battles a team owner in court

(Newser) - The thrill of victory was quickly followed by the agony of defeat for US women soccer players this week. The good news: They won a berth in the London Olympics. The bad: The 2012 season of the Women's Professional Soccer League has been canceled. At issue is a legal... More »

Japan Soccer Champs: Take That, Tsunami

'Desire, hope' boosted team over US

(Newser) - Japan's World Cup soccer victory over the US women's team yesterday devastated the Yanks, but also gave a major kick in the pants to the bad fortunes haunting a nation struggling in the wake of a devastating tsunami. It was the first-ever World Cup win for the gutsy... More »

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