The International Olympic Committee (IOC) withdrew its invitation to two Afghan representatives to observe the upcoming summer games in Sydney. After receiving the offer last week, Taliban officials claimed the invitation amounted to official recognition of its regime by the IOC. The IOC rescinded the offer on Aug. 24, saying the Taliban misinterpreted the offer—the invitation to observe the games was not intended as an official recognition of the terrorist Taliban regime. Afghanistan’s National Olympic Committee was suspended last October because of the Taliban’s decrees, including their ban on women athletes and their requirement that male athletes wear long beards.
Media Resources: Associated Press – August 24, 2000