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Progress made as IOC hosts second meeting between Israel and Palestine Olympic Committees

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today welcomed the progress being made on sport-related issues between the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Israel and Palestine following the second joint meeting between the two, held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

A complete analysis was made on the issue of free movement of Palestinian athletes. Measures for the development of Palestinian and Israeli sport, including cooperation between the two NOCs were outlined. Participation by both NOCs in the Mediterranean Games was also discussed.

The IOC and Olympic Solidarity will continue to work closely with the Palestine Olympic Committee so it can benefit from a range of development and assistance programmes. Particular emphasis will be placed on assisting athletes aiming to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. During the meeting, the NOCs also agreed to cooperate on coaching and other practical support for athletes.

“The IOC has an obligation to support measures to protect athletes and to use sport as a tool for peace and development,” said President Rogge. “We are encouraged by the frank and friendly discussions between the two NOCs, and will continue to work with them to ensure that further progress on sport-related issues is made.”