If Saudi Arabia insists on remaining the last holdout against allowing females to compete, their invitation to Britain is revoked.

“You’ve got a single country that’s being intransigent,” Martha Davis, a law professor at Northeastern University who specializes in women’s rights, said Thursday.

“Certainly in the past, after years of apartheid, the Olympic bureaucracy was able to take a stand against a racist nation. Here, we’ve got a country singularly out of step with the rest of the world. It’s really time for the IOC to take a bolder stand against that.”