London 2012: Saudi women could compete for the first time

Saudi Arabia could be set to send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time.

The Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee has given a list of potential candidates for the London Games to the International Olympic Committee [IOC].

The possibility to include women officials in the delegation was also discussed at a meeting in Lausanne.

  • Saudi Arabia won their first Olympic medal in 2000 when Hadi Souan Somayli won silver in the 400m hurdles.

"The IOC is confident Saudi Arabia is working to include women athletes," said a statement.

"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 City in May."

Brunei and Qatar are two other countries who have never previously entered female athletes.

Qatar, is bidding to host the 2020 Games and said in February that it would be sending female athletes to London.

The IOC have offered wildcard invitations for two female athletes to compete in London, swimmer Nada Arkaji and sprinter Noor al-Malki.