Sarah Attar, a middle-distance runner, will compete in 800 meter race on August 8. “Gettin ready for the opening. I’m so excited to be a part of something so big!!” she wrote on her Facebook page on Friday. Here’s Attar, smiling in a moment that seems immediately iconic.
Wojdan Shahrkhani, a judo fighter, has her first Olympic match scheduled for August 3. She’s not actually a certified black belt (this is Saudi Arabia, after all), which is normally an Olympic requirement, but the IOC invited her by name. And it’s still not clear whether or not she will actually compete: the International Judo Federation waited until Thursday to ban competitors from wearing the hijab, though the Islamic head covering is allowed in the Asian judo federation, which as you can guess is not a soft league. The Olympic authorities and International Judo Federation are still negotiating, but let’s hope that Shahrkhani, below, will be allowed to fight.
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