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SportsThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) had extended a special invitation to her and fellow female Saudi athlete,Discount Coach Bags, teenage 800 meter runner Sarah Attar, after it pressed Saudi Arabia along with fellow conservative Muslim nations Qatar and Brunei to end their ban on female participation.
Having only taken up the sport two years ago and not yet at the black belt rank, her defeat was hardly surprising. Her opponent shook her hand warmly and there were more cheers from the crowd.
As Shaherkani left the mat, she was then embraced by her brother, who gave her a lengthy hug.
"I'm really happy to be at the Olympics and proud to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and thank all those who stood with me,Related Theme Articles:
," she told Reuters.
It ended when the teenager was thrown to the floor by the Puerto Rican for an automatic winning ippon.
However, Shaherkani's appearance at the Games was thrown into doubt last week after the International Judo Federation, the sport's governing body, ruled that she could not compete wearing a hijab or Islamic headscarf because it would be dangerous.
LONDON (Reuters) - After days of controversy and hours of negotiation over whether she could compete in an Islamic headscarf, Saudi Arabia's first female athlete to appear at the Olympic Games bowed out on Friday after 80 seconds.
A compromise was struck between the IJF,Coach Purses On Sale, the Saudi Olympic Committee and Olympic bosses on an acceptable form of headscarf after days of deliberation.
(Editing by Mark Meadows)
Despite the quick end to her Olympic adventure, she hopes her legacy will last for years.
The IJF said last week that its regulations forbade headgear because a fighter could be accidentally choked during the rough, physical contests.
The brief fight was rather tame and appeared to be more of a cuddle with Shaherkani making no real attempts to attack her opponent.
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,Coach Outlet Bags, who won gold in the women's -63kg judo category on Tuesday.
Her bewilderment was hardly surprising as she had never competed at an international tournament before. She smiled nervously as she walked to the mat to warm applause and cheers from the crowd at London's Excel Centre.
Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani,Doudoune North Face, one of the two Saudi women chosen to compete at the Games,Related Theme Articles:
,The North Face, wore something akin to a swimming cap to cover her head in her +78kg last-32 judo defeat by Melissa Mojica.
"I was afraid when I came out into the arena but I was happy when I heard the cheering," she said.
However, other female judokas said they could not see a problem with a competitor wearing a hijab.
The shy 17-year-old looked ill at ease as she entered the arena in an ill-fitting judogi (a judoka's white robe) that appeared several sizes too big.
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