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Saudi Arabia will send its first female athlete to an Olympic Games, thus avoiding a threatened ban on its participation at London 2012. Anita DeFrantz, who heads the IOC's Women and Sports Commission, said any country that didn't allow female athletes to compete would be barred.
Saudi The kingdom is likely to send 18-year old equestrienne Dalma Rushdi Malhas, who won a bronze medal in the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, marking the first ever Saudi women in an international competition