Last week, after denying the Taliban’s request to send athletes to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to allow two Afghan observers to attend the games. However, following suggestions by Taliban leaders that this concession constituted IOC recognition of the Taliban, the IOC has revoked these privileges. “They have turned this into a political issue by making a statement that this is recognitionÉ. Those arguments are completely wrong and totally outside what was agreed orally at the meeting. They are no longer invited,” stated IOC spokesman Franklin Servan-Schreiber.