Report: Saudi Arabia not sending women to Olympics

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, speaks with Saudi Arabia's Defence Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud during their meeting inside 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, April 3, 2012.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham-Pool)
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, speaks with Saudi Arabia's Defence Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud during their meeting inside 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham-Pool)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi Arabian newspaper says the ultraconservative kingdom will not send women to the London Olympics.

Al-Watan newspaper quoted Prince Nawaf, the head of the Saudi Olympic Committee, saying the kingdom opposes sending female athletes to the Olympics for the first time. But he left room for Saudi women to compete on their own outside the official delegation, a plan that may not satisfy demands by the International Olympic Committee.

A similar arrangement was made at the Youth Olympics in 2010 for Saudi equestrian competitor Dalma Rushdi Malhas to participate. She won a bronze medal in show jumping.

Officials at the Saudi Olympic Committee could not be reached for comment.

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