IOC still working with Saudis on female issue



QUEBEC CITY (AP) — IOC President Jacques Rogge says the Olympic governing body is still working with Saudi Arabia in hopes the Gulf country will send female athletes to the London Games.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei are the only countries that have never included women on their Olympic teams.

Qatar and Brunei have announced plans to send female athletes to London, but Saudi Arabia still has not.

Rogge says “it’s not an easy situation” and “we’re working steadily with them to find a good solution.”

He ruled out the possibility of Saudi women competing outside the national team and under the Olympic flag. Rogge declined to say whether sanctions would be taken against the Saudis if they refuse to include female athletes.