Iraqi Team Banned from Olympics
Date: July 24, 2008 10:45AM
Well, isn't this nice...
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee has banned Iraq from competing in the upcoming Summer Olympics games because of what it says is political interference by the government in sports.
An Iraqi Olympic Committee official said the IOC sent letters in Arabic and English confirming the ban.
The official said the seven Iraqi athletes who were to travel to China for the games in August are disappointed by the decision.
...so much for the "feel good" Iraq Olympics story. I wonder what happened.