Dubai, July 9 : Alia Abutayah Alhwiti could be the first Saudi Arabian woman equestrian rider to take part in the London Olympics, according to activists.
According to Gulf News, some activists mentioned her name as a woman with a good chance, but Alia Abutayah Alhwiti refused to confirm or deny.
Alia, who is currently pursuing her master degree in political science in London, said: "She is ready" to compete if anybody ask her to participate.
Alia added that if she is given the honour to represent her country (in the Olympics) "she will be honoured to accept it. Otherwise, she will continue loving horses."
She participated in several events starting from 1997 in different Arab countries. She won the dressage medal in 1998, and reached an advanced position in several other competitions, including endurance or long distance races.
Saudi Arabia has announced last month that it will allow women to participate in this month''s international games.
"Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee will oversee the participation of women athletes who can qualify for the Games," a statement issued by the Saudi embassy in London said.
The decision was welcomed by Saudi women activists, who expressed their hope that it will be followed by other moves, including encouraging women sports inside the Kingdom. (ANI)