Saudi Arabia will send two female athletes to compete in the London 2012 Olympics, ending an all-male policy on competitors from its country, the AP reports:
The two female Saudi competitors are judo athlete Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar. The athletes, who were invited by the International Olympic Committee, were entered by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by the July 9 deadline.
"This is very positive news and we will be delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks time," IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a statement.
Brunei and Qatar are also including women on their teams for the first time.