Rogge confident Saudis will send women to London

STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer Published:

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- IOC President Jacques Rogge says he's optimistic that Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time at this summer's London Games.

Rogge tells The Associated Press the IOC is in talks with Saudi Arabia on the "practicalities" of including women on its Olympic team.

Details of how many athletes and from which sport are still being worked out.

Rogge says a decision should be finalized within a month to six weeks, but "we are optimistic that this is going to happen."

Human Rights Watch recently accused Saudi Arabia of violating the IOC charter's pledge of equality.

Qatar and Brunei also have never included women in their Olympic teams. Qatar announced last month it would send female athletes to London.