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Hijab controversy simmers at Olympics
by Paul Haven
Unlike the Olympics with its gold, silver and bronze, life sometimes dishes up events in which nobody feels like a winner.
Such a moment is unfolding in the box-like judo venue a short ride from Olympic Park, where an effort to include more women in the games has slammed headlong into efforts at multiculturalism and questions of basic sporting fairness.
In the center of it all is Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, a wide-faced Saudi teenager whose desire to compete against the world's best judo fighters — without violating conservative Islamic mores — has forced organizers, the international judo federation and the Saudi Olympic Committee to huddle repeatedly in search of a solution.
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