The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected a move by Saudi Arabia to launch a bit to co-host the Olympic Games with Bahrain by having male events take part in the kingdom and female athletes competing in events held in the neighbouring island state, it was reported.
Prince Fahad bin Jalawi Al Saud, an international relations consultant to the president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, told a French Olympic website that resolutions passed by the IOC last month open the door for a potential joint bid with men’s events on Saudi territory and women’s competitions in Bahrain, the Associated Press reported.
However, the proposal was shot down by IOC president Thomas Bach, who said the conservative kingdom was not eligible to host the games due to its discrimination against female competitors.
“A commitment to ‘non-discrimination’ will be mandatory for all countries hoping to bid for the Olympics in the future,” Bach was quoted as saying. “This was made very clear in the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms and will even be in the host city contract. If this is not applied, the bid would not be admissible. Countries like Saudi Arabia must really work to allow female athletes to freely participate.” Source: arabianbusiness