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Obama Celebrates Women Athletes From Muslim Countries

Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar runs in her women's 800-meter heat at the London Games.
U.S. President Barack Obama has celebrated women athletes from Muslim nations who are making their debut in the Olympics.

He spoke at a White House dinner he hosted on August 10 to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"For the very first time in Olympic history, every team now includes a woman athlete -- one of the reasons is that every team from a Muslim-majority country now includes women as well," Obama said.

"That is worth applauding," the president added as his audience started to clap.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei all fielded female participants in the Olympics for the first time this year.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters