Tuesday, June 17, 2003

A group of delegates meeting this week are hoping to get Iraq's Olympics program back up and running in time for Iraqi athletes to compete in the 2004 Athens Games.

On Monday, the Olympic officials discussed ways to rebuild Iraq's sports infrastructure...

..."Our priority is to ensure that Iraqi men and women have the opportunity to prepare and compete in the next Olympic Games," said Pere Miro, IOC director...

...Iraq's Olympic committee had been run by Saddam Hussein's elder son, Odai, who was accused of torturing, jailing and even killing athletes who did not perform well. The abuses all but devastated the program, leaving the country with only four athletes at the 2000 Olympics.

The whole story is here.

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