Saudi Arabia apologises for ‘indecent’ footage of women wrestlers

The Saudi Arabian sports authority has apologised to viewers after accidentally broadcasting “indecent” promotional footage of women’s wrestling.

Currently, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is holding matches in the city of Jeddah, in an event called the Greatest Royal Rumble. However, while wrestling is popular across the Middle East, fans of women’s sport were left disappointed after WWE announced women would be unable to compete in the event.

‘Indecent scenes’

Viewers in the country were in for an unexpected surprise though, as the channel accidentally broadcast promotional footage of women wrestlers.

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Furthermore, the women in question certainly weren’t abiding by the country’s strict dress codes, which require women to stay mostly covered up.

Men in the audience at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium were reported to have cheered as the close-up clips were aired before one of the matches, but the broadcast was swiftly cut off on state TV.

In a statement, the sports authority apologised for “the scenes of indecent women that featured in an ad before one of the matches”.

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They added that they would be closely guarding against further incidents, adding: “This is a commitment that the authority will be continuously vigilant about throughout all its different activities and events.”

On Friday an ad showing female wrestlers aired at the World Wrestling Entertainment Co.'s Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah (John Cena is pictured at the event)Women allowed to attend

The slip-up is just another example of the tensions between women’s rights and conservative viewpoints in the country.

While there were no women wrestlers at the event, as the WWE would usually feature, both genders were allowed to attend, in an effort to show the country as progressive.

 

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