Iraq to disscuss Olympics issue with IOC: Report

July 27th, 2008 - 12:22 am ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, July 26 (DPA) An Iraqi delegation will hold talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Switzerland over the weekend on sending athletes to the Beijing Olympics. The Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported Saturday that government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh heads the delegation to meet with the IOC at its headquarters in Lausanne.

The IOC in June barred Iraq from the Aug 8-24 Games in Beijing after the nation’s government dissolved the national Olympic committee, terming this a serious political interference in the affairs of the country’s supposedly independent committee.

Demands from the IOC to revoke the decision were not met and the IOC said Thursday that the Iraqi government had also so far not responded positively to an IOC invitation to talk things over in Lausanne.

The IOC named it “very unlikely” that Iraq will have athletes at Beijing. Iraq plans to send at least five athletes to compete in archery, rowing, judo and weightlifting at the Olympics.

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