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    Earlier this week, media reported that Saudi Arabia had proposed holding the Olympic Games jointly with Bahrain, with the male games being held in the Saudi, and the female games held in Bahrain.

    MANAMA, January 29 (Sputnik) – The Olympic Committee of Bahrain was not aware of Saudi Arabia's proposition to jointly hold an Olympic Games segregated by gender, the committee's Secretary General Abdulrahman Askar told RIA Novosti Thursday.

    "We do not have any information regarding this, our colleagues from the Saudi Olympic Committee have not consulted us on this matter," Askar said.

    According to Askar, he contacted the authorities in the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, but they were not aware of this proposition either.

    Earlier this week, media reported that Saudi Arabia had proposed holding the Olympic Games jointly with Bahrain, with the male games being held in the Saudi, and the female games held in Bahrain. The International Olympic Committee reportedly rejected the proposition, with the Committee's president stating the country would be ineligible to bid for the Games without complying with rules against discrimination against women.

    The new information follows the release of Human Rights Watch’s annual rights report Thursday. According to the report, women in Saudi Arabia are largely discriminated against. Females are unable to obtain passports, marry, travel, access higher education, or be hired without permission from a male guardian. All women are banned from driving in the country.

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