The president of the International Olympic Committee says he'd be happy with a bid for a future Games from Quebec City.

But he says it's impossible to speak about it seriously until such a bid has been submitted.

Work in progress

IOC President Jacques Rogge says the Olympic governing body is still working with Saudi Arabia in hopes the Gulf country will send female athletes to the London Games.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei are the only countries that have never included women on their Olympic teams.

Qatar and Brunei have announced plans to send female athletes to London, but Saudi Arabia still has not.

Rogge says "it's not an easy situation" and "we're working steadily with them to find a good solution."

He ruled out the possibility of Saudi women competing outside the national team and under the Olympic flag. Rogge declined to say whether sanctions would be taken against the Saudis if they refuse to include female athletes.

— The Associated Press 

Jacques Rogge made the remarks at the close of several days of IOC meetings in the city held in conjunction with a major sporting conference.

While Canadian Olympic officials had said the meetings weren't about lobbying for a future Games, they made no secret of the fact they hoped to show off the city as a possible destination.

During the meetings, the IOC signed a revenue sharing deal with the American Olympic committee which re-opens the possibility of an Olympic bid from the U.S. in the next few years.

And that's fuelled speculation that Canada's hopes for an Olympics in 2024 or later may be quashed.

But Canadian Olympic Committee president Marcel Aubut said the U.S. deal merely fuels the competitive fire between the two countries to put forward the best bid for an Olympics.

Rogge said the topic of a Quebec City bid didn't actually come up during the meetings. 

But he said the meetings did show off the beauty of Quebec and the dynamism and competence of its sports leaders.