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Saudi officials insisted that Wojdan would only compete wearing the hijab, while the International Judo Federation said hijab is not allowed for safety reasons.When the Saudis threatened they would pull out if she can’t wear hijab, a compromise was reached allowing her to cover her hair. w=660" src="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/06.jpg? w=690" alt="" title="Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Shaherkani fights with Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica during their women's 78kg elimination round of 32 judo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4742" srcset="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/06660w, https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/06.jpg?(REUTERS) " data-medium-file="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/05.jpg? It was the first time a judoka competes at the Olympics wearing the hijab.That hijab caused contention in the days leading to the competition.Which leaves one to wonder what the real reason(s) could be. After long negotiations with the International Olympic Committee and pressure from human rights groups, Saudi Arabia announced in the eleventh hour that they will be sending female athletes to the Olympic Games in London for the first time in the country’s history.He chairs the Juffali Group, one of Saudi Arabia's largest conglomerates, and also holds a doctorate in neuro-science from Imperial College London.In 2005, Mr Juffali paid £220,000 at a Christie's charity auction for a nude photograph of Tamara Mellon, the co-founder of Jimmy Choo, the luxury shoes brand.
Saudi Arabia’s Wojdan Shaherkani adjusts her headgear during her women’s 78kg elimination round of 32 judo match against Puerto Rico’s Melissa Mojica at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. w=660" data-large-file="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/05.jpg? w=200 200w" sizes="(max-width: 660px) 100vw, 660px" / Wojdan was also making another first.
(REUTERS) " data-medium-file="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/01.jpg? Members of Saudi Arabia’s contingent take part in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. w=660" data-large-file="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/02.jpg? w=200 200w" sizes="(max-width: 660px) 100vw, 660px" / The two athletes chosen to Saudi Arabia were Wojdan Shaherkhani, a 16-year-old judoka from Makkah; and Sarah Attar, a 19-year-old runner who holds dual citizenship for the United States and Saudi Arabia. w=660" src="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/03.jpg? w=690" alt="" title="Members of Saudi Arabia's contingent take part in athletes parade during opening ceremony of London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-4739" srcset="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/03660w, https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/03.jpg?
(REUTERS) " data-medium-file="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/02.jpg? Members of Saudi Arabia’s contingent take part in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. w=660" data-large-file="https://saudijeans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/03.jpg? w=200 200w" sizes="(max-width: 660px) 100vw, 660px" / In the Opening Ceremony, the two teenagers walked at the back of the delegation, dressed in traditional clothes.
The source said that Mr Juffali "performs all the duties expected and requested of him at the IMO", adding: "It is also important to note that His Excellency Dr Juffali is supported in his role by staff with decades of particularly relevant experience in international relations, maritime law and diplomacy." The 60-year-old businessman is facing a financial claim from Christina Estrada, a former Pirelli calendar model whom he married in 2001 and divorced last year.
In December 2014, Ms Estrada laid claim to a share of her former husband's properties in Britain, which include a seven-bedroom home in a converted church in Knightsbridge.