The International Judo Federation (IJF) on Thursday (July 26th) ruled that Saudi judo fighter Wojdan Shaherkani will be banned from wearing the hijab during competition, AFP reported.
Shaherkani, one of the two Saudi women who are the first female competitors sent from the kingdom to the Olympics, was ordered by the federation to fight with her head uncovered for safety reasons.
"The Saudi Arabian athlete will take part in judo and she will fight according to the principle and spirit of judo, so without a hijab," said IJF president Marius Vizer.
Saudi Arabia had agreed to send a women's team to London on condition their two female athletes respect a strict dress code.
Prince Nawaf bin Faisal, president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, had said that the duo will be allowed to compete so long as they wear "suitable clothing that complies with sharia".