Saudi Arabia have sent a list of potential candidates for their 2012 Olympic team to the International Olympic Committee and it included women.
No Saudi woman has ever taken part in the great quadrennial global sporting gathering, so it is a groundbreaking prospect. "The IOC is confident Saudi Arabia is working to include women athletes," a statement issued by the IOC said.
"After the assessment of the level of each athlete by the IOC and the international federations concerned, a formal proposal will be submitted to the next meeting of the IOC executive board in Quebec in March."
Brunei and Qatar have also yet to enter female athletes for an Olympic Games.
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