August 3, 2012: The First Hijab In Olympic History
“Christmas has no place in the Holy Land”: Far-right Israeli leader wants to expel Christians and ban the holiday
“Christmas has no place in the Holy Land”: Far-right Israeli leader wants to expel Christians and ban the holiday - Salon.com
The bravest women at the Games: Muslim athletes who battled to get to London - and for whom the taking part really does mean more than the winning
The Saudi judoka Wojdan Shaherkani, 16, who was embroiled in a political and religious row in her home country before being allowed to compete
Kanō Jigorō (嘉納 治五郎?, 28 October 1860 – 4 May 1938) was the founder of judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kanō include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking between members of a martial art style.
Saudi woman athlete makes headlines
Wojdan Shaherkani (16) at the London 2012 Games. Making history - the first woman from Saudi Arabia to attend the games. Saudi women are not permitted to take part in PE at school, join sports clubs or attend sporting events as spectators. Arm twisted to allow her to attend it is hoped that Saudi will now allow her to continue with Judo - she is a blue belt.
The story of how judo came about.
US judo fighter expelled from Olympics after testing positive for marijuana | Earl Cox's Empower Network Blog
Known as “the mother of women’s Judo,” Rusty Kanokogi worked tirelessly for the sport to become part of the Olympics. In 1988 she finally saw her efforts realized when the International Olympic Committee voted to include Judo in the games, and she went to Seoul as coach of the first U.S. women’s team.