First discussions between the IOC and the Taliban in Qatar. Sport

The International Olympic Committee started talks with the Taliban in Qatar on Thursday, as the Olympic world has been trying since mid-August to evacuate several hundred members of the sports community from Afghanistan and to protect those who remained there.

“The two parties reaffirmed the fundamental right to access and practice sport in complete safety for all individuals, without discrimination,” the IOC said in a statement, while the plight of women and young sportswomen is of particular concern. .

Led by Nazar Mohammad Mutmaeen, the new director general of physical education and sports, the Afghan delegation is « firmly committed to following and respecting the Olympic Charter », according to the Lausanne-based body.

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A new sign of Qatari sports diplomacy, and of the role of regional mediator that the small emirate intends to take on, Qatar hosted this first meeting in Doha, after having already been involved in the evacuation of Afghan athletes, coaches and officials since reconquest of the country by the Taliban in August.

Fifa thus revealed on October 15 that « nearly a hundred members of the football family, including female players, » had been taken from Kabul to Doha by a Qatar Airways flight, « with the support » of the host country of the World Cup. 2022.

In addition, the IOC estimated at the end of October to have « sheltered » more than 300 « members of the Afghan Olympic community », with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the humanitarian visas obtained by several committees. national Olympics to their governments.

« However, there are still more than 700 people in danger in the country, mainly women and girls practicing sport, as well as defenders of women’s sport », then specified the Olympic body, with a double objective: to send humanitarian aid, while continuing the exfiltration « to safe countries ».

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