RIYADH – The Saudi authorities apologized on Saturday for videos featuring slightly-dressed female performers shown at a pro-wrestling event. They underscored the tension that the ultra-conservative kingdom has in opening up its society, taking into account cultural and religious restrictions, between wrestling matches at the World Wrestling Entertainment Co.'s Greatest Rumble, a government-approved pay-per-view event Saudi Officials Were The First Live Wrestling Event With Women Allowed To Attend The Ring
Audience men hailed a big screen at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah as close-up clips of female wrestlers in tight outfits. The WWE event was broadcast on Saudi state television.
The General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia, which sanctioned the event on Friday, made a statement
Sorry for "The scenes of indecent women shown in a display before one of the games."
The agency said it would ensure that such scenes would not appear in future events. "This is a commitment that the agency will keep vigilant throughout its various activities and events," the Twitter message said in Arabic.
The WWE did not immediately comment when contacted on Saturday. The WWE wrestle women in live matches, a popular part of their program in the US and elsewhere. The company refrained from asking women to wrestle with each other on Friday night at the request of the Saudi authorities, but the advertisements did show them.
The controversy over the WWE video comes a week after the Saudi sports authority orders a closed gym and gym Fired Teacher After Emerging In A Sports Video In Tight-fitting Workout Clothes
The Sports Authority then said that "it reaffirms its efforts to stop any excess aimed at harming society and abandoning its modesty."
how the kingdom's cultural boundaries under Islamic law are hard to ignore, while its leadership seeks to loosen and create opportunities for a population 70% under 30 years old.
The WWE Games Should Show Progress Saudi Arabia is building an entertainment industry after decades of enforcing strict interpretations of Islam, including banning cinemas and limiting gender mixing in public.
Mohammed bin Salman,
The 32-year-old Taiwanese ruler of the kingdom has been trying to improve his country's image by opening cinemas, planning futuristic new cities and giving women rights. This year, women are allowed to play football for the first time in decades and are allowed to ride soon.
On Friday night, it was the first time that women were allowed to participate in a live pro wrestling event. Pro-wrestling was a cult hit in Saudi Arabia, although female fans were often frowned upon for enjoying a show in which half-naked men beat each other.
The Sports Authority's statement was probably a precautionary attempt to subjugate any backlash against the WWE event. The Saudi government and he WWE said they had signed a 1