Remember the female Saudi judoka allowed to compete with a hijab?
Well I’m sure they were 82 seconds of spiritual joy.
Looking nervous and wearing a black, swimming cap-style head covering, she was beaten by Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico in the first round of the women’s under-78kg category.
After the fight, where she barely mustered a challenge, the 16-year-old broke down in tears as she embraced her father, himself a judo referee.
“I’m proud, I’m happy and I want to continue in judo. I want to thank the fans for their support,” she said.
“I was disturbed and afraid at the beginning, it was my first time in a big competition and there was a lot of pressure because of the hijab issue.
“I was not comfortable because I didn’t have any experience of big events. It took its toll on me.”
Meanwhile, it looks like allowing her to wear a hijab wasn’t the only way the IOC bent over backwards for her.
The teenager has only been practising judo for two years and has a blue belt. If not for her special invitation, she would never have qualified for the Olympics.
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