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IOC hails progress at meeting with Afghan sports officials

Sports activities leaders appointed by the Taliban have promised Olympic officers that Afghanistan will proceed to permit its athletes and groups to compete internationally.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee introduced the pledge Thursday after its delegation met in Qatar with leaders of the Afghan Normal Directorate of Bodily Schooling & Sports activities. The Qatari capital metropolis of Doha has been a political base for the Taliban, which retook management of Afghanistan in August.

“In the course of the assembly, the Afghan representatives acknowledged that they have been strongly dedicated to following and observing the Olympic Constitution,” the IOC stated in a press release.

Lots of of athletes and sports activities officers, together with many ladies who feared being barred from competing and from reprisals, have left Afghanistan since August. They have been helped by worldwide athlete representatives and sports activities our bodies together with the IOC and FIFA.

Thursday’s final result might imply Afghan athletes will compete on the Beijing Olympics in February.

“Each events reiterated the elemental proper to entry and observe sport safely for all people with out discrimination,” the IOC stated. “Each side think about the discussions to have been constructive and agreed to proceed the dialogue.”

The IOC famous it “continues to acknowledge the present Nationwide Olympic Committee (NOC) of Afghanistan,” whose elected leaders have been current in Qatar, the place the ruling Emir can be a long-time IOC member.

The Afghan delegation was led by Nazar Mohammad Mutmaeen, the IOC stated. He was introduced in September by the Taliban as a member of the interim authorities cupboard.

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