There was exciting news for equality in the Olympics today. For the first time in history, every single nation competing in the Games will be sending female athletes to London.
The last country to do so, Saudi Arabia, confirmed that it will be sending two female competitors: Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani in judo and 800-metre runner Sarah Attar.
"With Saudi Arabian female athletes now joining their fellow female competitors from Qatar and Brunei, it means that by London 2012 every national Olympic committee will have sent women to the Olympic Games," IOC President Jacques Rogge said.
Only 16 years ago at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, there were 26 countries competing without female athletes. Hard to believe a Games that had its modern incarnation in 1896 has taken this long to achive full equality from all its participants.
The news couldn't have come any sooner for Cambridge's Martha Deacon, a Waterloo Region District School Board executive who has championed the cause of equality in international sport.
"This has been five years of work for me," said Deacon, who is also a long-time Canadian Olympic Committee board member. "This is a very happy day."