Saudi Arabia’s token change in women’s sports
A step, not a jump
The announcement that Saudi Arabia will finally allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympics is an important step to ensure that the games’ charter, which prohibits discrimination based on gender, is actually followed. But, unfortunately, that is all that the change was meant to address. Given the systemic deprivation of women’s rights in the kingdom, where women are banned from most team sports and facilities, the nation is still far from leveling its playing field.