Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority has apologised for what it termed “indecent” scenes broadcast during World Wrestling Entertainment Co’s “Greatest Royal Rumble” in Jeddah.
The footage was part of an ad for WWE’s “Best of Both Worlds” and showed a number of scantily-clad women dressed in traditional wrestling attire.
The ad was also shown live to the crowd gathered at King Abdullah International Stadium for the event, which includes no female wrestlers.
In an apology posted to twitter, the General Sports Authority said it “would like to confirm its total disapproval of this” and re-affirmed its commitment to “eliminate anything that goes against the communities’ values.”
“The authority has made sure to ban [the] showing of any segment that involves women wrestling or any scenes related to it, and stipulated that to the company [WWE],” the statement added, noting that it disapproves of any material that shows women in “an indecent way”.
In an interview with the UK’s Independent before the event, wrestler Triple H noted that although women were not included in Friday’s event, he hopes that the WWE can be “at the forefront” of changing attitudes in Saudi Arabia.
“We have had discussions about that and we believe and hope that, in the next few years, they will be [included],” he said. “That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia.”For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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