Gawker picked up the story from Saudi Arabia’s official press agency, SPA, who reported that private girls’ schools were now allowed to hold sport activities in accordance with the rules of Islamic law while adhering to ”decent dress” codes.

“It’s about time,” said Aziza Youssef, a professor at King Saud University said.

“Everything is being held back in Saudi Arabia as far as women’s rights.”

Saudi Arabia allowed only two women to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, and footage of their participation was not shown on national TV.

Women cannot drive cars and many day to day activities cannot be undertaken without the permission of a man.

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