The IOC has held talks with Taliban officials in Doha and been left reassured that they will respect the Olympic Charter ©IOC

Taliban officials have promised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that athletes and teams from Afghanistan will continue to be allowed to compete internationally.

The IOC revealed that the pledge had been made following a meeting with Afghan General Directorate of Physical Education & Sports in Doha.

"During the meeting, the Afghan representatives stated that they were strongly committed to following and observing the Olympic Charter," the IOC said in a statement following the meeting.

"Both parties reiterated the fundamental right to access and practice sport safely for all individuals without discrimination.

"Both sides consider the discussions to have been constructive and agreed to continue the dialogue."

Taliban officials have promised the IOC that they will allow athletes from Afghanistan to continue to take part in sport ©Getty Images
Taliban officials have promised the IOC that they will allow athletes from Afghanistan to continue to take part in sport ©Getty Images

The IOC, whose delegation was led by its deputy director general Pere Miró and included the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) director general Husain Al-Musallam, noted it "continues to recognise the existing National Olympic Committee of Afghanistan".

The Afghan team was led by Nazar Mohammad Mutmaeen, announced in September by the Taliban as a member of the Interim Government Cabinet and who has taken over as Acting President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC).

It was less than a month ago that IOC President Thomas Bach had called for NOCs to assist in the evacuations of members of the sports community in Afghanistan, including working with their Governments to help secure humanitarian visas.

Speaking at the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Crete, Bach had claimed that the IOC was aware of several athletes stranded in Afghanistan are being affected by a shortage of food and clothing.

Samira Asghari, the IOC’s member in Afghanistan, has posted a series of critical posts on social media about the Taliban since it regained power in September.

Since the Taliban assumed power in Afghanistan, women have been banned from playing sport and have had their education opportunities severely limited.

Asghari's most recent post on Twitter - on October 21 - said, "The Schools doors are closed to Afghan Women! Severe Human Crisis in Afghanistan".

Bach revealed the IOC would "establish a humanitarian fund," with the Qatar Olympic Committee offering assistance in transporting and distributing aid.

Qatar, whose Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is a member of the IOC, had helped arrange the meeting with the Taliban.

Al-Musallam is expected to update the OCA Executive Board meeting of the situation in Afghanistan when it holds a meeting here tomorrow.

The meeting is held on the eve of the OCA General Assembly on Sunday (November 21).

Earlier this week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced it had set up a working group to determine the future of the game in Afghanistan under the Taliban.

"The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men's and women's cricket moving forward," ICC chairman Greg Barclay said.

"We believe the most effective way for this to happen will be to support our member in its efforts to achieve this through its relationship with the new Government."