IOC dismisses idea of joint Saudi-Bahrain bid for Olympics
LONDON (AP) — The IOC has dismissed a suggestion by a Saudi Arabian official that the ultraconservative nation could seek to co-host the Olympics with neighboring Bahrain and hold men’s and women’s events in separate countries.
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.
But IOC President Thomas Bach says in a statement to The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia would be ineligible to bid unless it complies with rules on non-discrimination against women in sports.
Bach says “a commitment to ‘non-discrimination’ will be mandatory for all countries hoping to bid for the Olympics in the future.”