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 The IOC rescinded the offer on Aug. 24, saying the Taliban misinterpreted the offer—the invitation to observe the games was not intended as an official recognition of the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
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries, including a delegation from the United States. . . .