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Iraq Out Of Olympics For ‘Interference’

From an overjoyed Associated Press:


Two women walk past the main building housing the National Iraqi Olympic Committee in Baghdad, June 2008.

IOC says Iraq won’t be allowed at Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The International Olympic Committee says Iraq will not compete at the Beijing Games because of interference by its government in sport.

The IOC suspended Iraq’s national Olympic committee in June after the Baghdad-based government dismissed elected officials and installed its own people who are not recognized by the IOC.

The IOC Charter forbids political interference in the Olympic movement.

Iraq missed a Wednesday deadline to submit a team for the Aug. 8-24 Beijing Games because of a stalemate between the two sides. Four Iraqi athletes were expected to compete, in archery, judo, rowing and weightlifting.

The IOC says the Iraqi government did not accept an invitation to come to its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to try to end the dispute.

Surely, this is a cruel joke.

The International Olympic Committee says Iraq will not compete at the Beijing Games because of interference by its government in sport.

“Interference”? Does the name Uday Hussain ring a bell with any of the Olympic officials.

Torture devices used by Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein, on members of Iraq’s Olympic team as tools of punishment for bad performance.

But that was okay. Saddam and company undoubtedly paid the IOC enough baksheesh to get them to turn a blind eye.

And never mind what the Communist Chinese are currently doing. 

What an absolute farce.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 24th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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