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.
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?