COPENHAGEN — IOC president Jacques Rogge and the International Olympic Committee are unhappy with three countries for failing to support the participation of female athletes.

Rogge did not name the countries, but said they all pose “religious, cultural and political difficulties for women” to compete in sports.

“We are engaged now in high-reaching discussions with these countries to try and persuade them to be a little more liberal or positive about women’s sport,” Rogge said on the last day of the IOC session in the Danish capital. “We’re engaging in quiet diplomacy with them.”

Rogge said he hopes to report “good results” for at least two of the countries soon. But he said the third was showing no signs of improvement and could face sanctions from the IOC…..Read More

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