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11 Jun 2003
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IOC delegation visits Afghanistan

In order to prepare for the possible lifting of sanctions imposed against the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Afghanistan, suspended in October 1996 following the take over of the Taliban regime, an IOC delegation, headed by Director of NOCs Relations and Olympic Solidarity Pere Miro has just concluded a three-day visit to Kabul. The delegation met with officials of the newly re-formed NOC, with staff members and representatives of National Federations - both Olympic and non-Olympic, and with athletes, male and female. The aim of the visit was to assess the current sports situation on the ground, i.e. structure and composition of the NOC, representation and activity of the National Federations, sports facilities, but also athletes' potential in terms of sports/disciplines, training conditions, representation of women, and potential scholarship holders for the Athens Games next year. Further information on the situation of the NOC of Afghanistan and its potential participation in the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens will be provided during the 115th IOC Session in Prague from 2 to 4 July.

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