Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Iraq to Compete in Olympics

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By Gina Chon\The Wall Street Journal

On Tuesday [July 29, 2008], the International Olympic Committee said it will let Iraq participate in the games in Beijing after Iraqi government officials vowed that its Olympics committee would be independent and free from political influence.

The lifting of the ban on Iraq’s participation in the Olympics came with just enough time to let Iraq meet today’s [July 30, 2008] deadline to submit the names of athletes competing in the track and field events. That means Iraq will be sending two competitors to Beijing. Other potential participants in the fields of judo, rowing, weightlifting and archery will have to sit this one out, because the deadline for name submissions for those events passed last week.

The IOC banned Iraq from the games after the Iraqi government dissolved the country’s national Olympic committee in May. The government said the committee hadn’t had a quorum for several years, ever since several members of the group were kidnapped, and alleged that the committee was mired in corruption.

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