Last October, after a Saudi woman had been spotted in the stands of a soccer stadium (to great consternation and ire in the Gulf kingdom), I wrote:
Luckily, Saudi bureaucrats are reportedly fighting for the right of women to be spectators at sporting events… cleverly employing segregation and gender apartheid. Local newspaper reports in Saudi Arabia suggest the government is considering building separate sections in stadia for female spectators.
Now there’s evidence that the country is making headway in keeping the ladies well separated from the men. Separated as in, across the border.
Saudi Arabia has proposed holding a gender-segregated Olympic Games. In comments made by Prince Fahad bin Jalawi al-Saud — a consultant to the Saudi Olympic Committee — it was suggested the country could bid jointly with Bahrain, which could host the women’s events.