Agreement reached on Saudi Olympian's headscarf

Saudi Arabia's athletes parade, Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, center, during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

(AP) LONDON - The IOC said officials have reached an agreement to allow a female judo athlete from Saudi Arabia to compete wearing some form of headscarf.

Saudi Arabia sent its two first female Olympians to the London Games on condition they adhere to the kingdom's conservative Islamic traditions, including wearing a headscarf.

Judo officials had said a headscarf could be dangerous because the sport includes chokeholds and aggressive grabbing techniques.

But IOC spokesman Mark Adams says a solution has been found that clears the way for Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani to compete Friday in the women's heavyweight division.

Adams says the international judo federation and the Saudi Olympic Committee reached an agreement that "works for all parties involved."

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