Picture of sporting unity: Afghan sprinter Tahmina Kohistani at the London Olympics amongst non-hijabi runners.
Kulsoom Abdullah, female Muslim weightlifter, turned over hijab ban in weightlifting. Since then numerous sports have done the same, opening up sports to wider participation and wider spectatorship. Both mean increase in value of that particular sport, translating into increased sponsorship value, prize money etc. And girls can compete in modest dress. It's a win-win for everybody.
AFP: Saudi judoka - JUDO athlete - banned from wearing hijab at Olympics. She may withdraw from Olympics if she cannot wear hijab. She is one of the few female athletes Saudi agreed to send to Olympics for first time. (Picture is actually veiled fans during a Gulf Cup match.)
Football's international rule makers have agreed to overturn the controversial ban on the wearing of hijabs in matches. The issue had reached the level of the United Nations, who wrote to FIFA to ask for the law to be scrapped Al Jazeera's Lee Wellings reports from Surrey, England
Dalma Rushdi Malhas, was going to be the First Saudi female athlete to compete in Olympic competition, claiming bronze in an Equestrian jumping event. However, she failed to qualify for London Olympics. 2012 Olympics will see Saudi, Qatar and Brunei to send female athletes for first time ever.