x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Should the IOC allow Iraq to compete in the Olympics?

A delegation met with International Olympic Committee officials in Switzerland in an attempt to persuade them to reverse their decision to stop Iraq competing in the Olympics because of government interference in the country's national Olympic body.

A delegation met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials in Switzerland on Tuesday in an attempt to persuade them to reverse their decision to stop Iraq competing in the Olympics because of government interference in the country's national Olympic body. The suspension is based on the Iraq government's decision to dissolve their own National Olympic Committee due to allegations of corruption. The delegation will argue that Iraq never faced suspension under the former president Suddam Hussein's regime, even though he handpicked members of the National Olympic Committee. Should the IOC reverse their decision and allow athletes from Iraq to compete in Beijing? Have your say now!