Iraq might miss out on Olympics

The IOC has suspended Iraq’s national committee putting their team’s place in the Beijing Olympics in jeopardy. It is difficult to understand exactly what is happening but the reason the IOC has stated is due to political interference by the government.

“The Iraqi national Olympic committee is suspended on a provisional basis … as a protective measure due to the interferences from the Iraqi government authorities,” the IOC said in a statement.

More than a dozen athletes have qualified for the Beijing Olympics and it would be a great shame for them not to be able to participate and give the country in turmoil something to celebrate.

Of course different proposals to allow the athletes to participate are being discussed but so far the situation is not yet clear.

“Today it is not clear,” IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said. “It depends on if a solution can be found, which we certainly hope it can.”

“Ultimately we hope to find solutions and now we will invite the Iraqi government representatives, along with the Olympic council of Asia and those involved, to sit and discuss,” she said.

Posted by Mike 10 years ago

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Olympic Souvenirs - June 6, 2008 @ 11:16 am

I hope they can get this worked out. As the article mentions, I think Iraq could use something to celebrate.

Mike Smith

Huda A - August 9, 2008 @ 8:27 am

Thanks so much Mike. For one i am an Iraqi and we would love something to celebrate after all the harsh times we went through.

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