Hijab Meets Judo Mat at 2012 Olympics: Saudi Wodjan Shakerkani Fights Heavyweight with Hijab

Wodjan Shaherkani, 18, is a Saudi teenager competing in the London 2012 Olympics in Judo wearing a hijab of some design acceptable to officials. She will fight in the heavyweight division which starts at about 172 pounds. I’m not very familiar with “odds” and how they work, but it appears not many are betting on Ms. Shaherkani, or Ms. Wodjan or Ms. Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani. Her match is scheduled for August 3rd. See an UPDATE below.

Wodjan Shaherkani

Of greater interest than the headscarf, is the bottoms she will wear. Saudi women cannot wear any type of clothing that reveals parts of the body – like legs. Saudi isn’t Iran where woman can don their headscarf and their trousers. According to this article, their Olympics garb must be compliant with Sharia. They cannot wear anything resembling male clothing, although both wear large tent-like garments. Women’s apparel must “flow” and be very loose. What do you do with that in a Judo match?

Storm’n Norm’n tells me Wodja was not only born in the U.S., but was raised in California. A couple of commenters have said she is not a Black Belt. We’re wondering how she qualified…or if she was required to?

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  • To bad that she qualified for Saudia Arabia…she was born in the United States where she wouldn’t have to worry about the hijab.
    See http://datingjesus.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/whats-the-big-deal-about-a-hijab/

    • Norm, thanks for that link. I knew her dad had trained her but didn’t know she was born here.

  • Actually she isn’t a black belt and has only studied Judo for 2 years. It is feared that she will be hurt badly in her first fight. On the good side she will probably lose her first fight.

    • findalis, how in the world did this woman qualify for the olympics???

      • She is Muslim and Saudi. The IOC said no men could come if women didn’t so the Saudis said she was champion in S. Arabia.

        She won’t last long.

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  • Callmelennie

    I did Judo as a kid and was, on occassion, matched against black belts in practice. I didn’t get hurt but I also didn’t last too long. When you have a clear advantage, you can throw an opponent cleanly and any injury is avoided

    This of course goes out the door if this silly fool runs into an Israeli competitor

    • Callmelennie, What a great comment. Love the last line!

  • I don’t think anyone wants to look at her in the first place, with weighing in at 172 pounds. She should go on and cover her face while she is at it, whew! Without a doubt that is the most stupid looking outfit, truly ridiculous. WOW such fashion, wonder what rag barrel she got it from? Can she take it back?? Maybe not, maybe it’s a J. Mendell Hijab with a $6800.00 price tag.

  • I don’t think anyone wants to look at her in the first place, with weighing in at 172 pounds, whew! She should go on and cover her face while she is at it. Without a doubt that is the most stupid looking outfit, truly ridiculous.
    WOW such fashion, wonder what rag barrel she got it from? Can she take it back?? Maybe not, maybe it’s a J. Mendell Hijab with a $6800.00 price tag.

  • Sorry this got posted twice ? Even though looking at these stupid outfits – makes you do a double take.