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Olympic committee: Qatar, KSA should send female athletes to games

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The International Olympic Committee commission has named and shamed three countries for never sending female athletes to the Olympics: Saudi Arabia, Bruni and Qatar.

Anita DeFrantz, head of the IOC’s women and sport commission, issued the report this week, which also named 10 international sports federations — including FIFA — that have no women on their executive boards.

AP reports:

DeFrantz has previously suggested that countries should be excluded from the Olympics unless they end their male-only policy.

Qatar sent a male-only team to the 2008 Beijing Games and Brunei also didn’t have a woman on its teams.

Several countries that formerly excluded women — Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, for example — sent female athletes to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Last year, Qatar indicated that it would be sending four female athletes in shooting and fencing to the 2012 Olympics in London. 

Qatar, which made its Olympic debut at Los Angeles in 1984, sent 22 male athletes in seven sports to Beijing two years ago.

“Please note that women’s sport is a relatively new concept in this part of the world because of its culture and traditions, but over the past few years…there has been rapid progress and more and more parents are encouraging their girls to play sport,” a spokesman told the Gulf Times.

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