Saudi Arabia is has sparked widespread international criticism, bemusement and ridicule once again. Their 2020 ‘joint’ Olympic bid was instantly rejected by the International Olympic Committee for suggesting that the they host the competition for ‘men only’, with female athletes relegated to compete in nearby Bahrain - where, presumably, women wearing sports clothing is not prohibited by law.
In what is probably the understatement of the century, Prince Fahad bin Jalawi Al Saud, an international relations consultant for the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (what a job), acknowledged that the Kingdom might face some challenges in hosting the Olympics due to "cultural constraints involving women."
When asked about the Saudi suggestion, IOC spokesman Mark Adams responded with a very swift, "You cannot simply ‘outsource’ certain issues to another territory."
It's a shame considering that London 2012 saw judoka, Wojdan Shaherkani (16 years old at the time), and track & field athlete, Sarah Attar, make history as the first two Saudi women to ever compete in the Olympics.