In Morocco, delegates from sixteen Arab countries have been meeting to discuss the possibility of gaining some form of recognition from the International Olympic committee for an organisation representing sport in the Middle East.
GV Rabat street scenes
LV INT Delegates to Arab Sporting Union meeting seated
SV AND CU Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia seated at table next to Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sport, Abdelhafid Kadiri (3 shots)
CU Jordanian delegates
CU Delegates from United Arab Emirates
CU PAN Bahrain delegates
SV Somali delegates
CU PAN Syrian, Sudanese, Qatar, Kuwait, and Lebanese delegates listening to Prince Fahd speaking in Arabic (5 shots)
LV & CU Prince Fahd speaking
CU Tunisian and Saudi Arabian delegates listening (3 shots)
CU PAN Delegates from Oman and Iraq listening (2 shots)
CU Libyan Jamahiriyah delegate seated
SV Other delegates seated (2 shots)
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Background: In Morocco, delegates from sixteen Arab countries have been meeting to discuss the possibility of gaining some form of recognition from the International Olympic committee for an organisation representing sport in the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: The first general conference of the Arab Sporting Union was held in Rabat.
Among those who attended was Saudi Arabia's First Deputy Prime Minister, Prince Fahd, seen here with Moroccan??? Minister of Youth and Sport, Abdelhafid Kadiri. During a closed session on the first day, the delegates voted to suspend Egypt, and, following this move, the Egyptian delegate was not admitted to the open conference.
The meeting was described observers as "highly political", and Prince Fahd was one of the delegates who spoke at length on Tuesday (29 May). During the discussions there were complaints that, although Africa had independent representation on the International Olympic Committee, no such voice existed for Arab sportsmen. Another point was the rights of Palestinians in sport, and in particular, their position in relation to the Olympic Games.
Other points discussed included medicine in sport, press relationships in sport, and a call that Arabic should be recognised as a working language by the International Olympic Committee. In the past, the IOC has frequently deplored the interference of politics in the organisation of the Olympic Games.