IOC Bans Iraqi Athletes From Competing In Beijing

It’s difficult enough to be an Iraqi Olympic athlete, with all the worn-torn violence and constant threats of personal safety in their home country. But now this is just unfair - All those athletes who put up with so much just for a chance at Olympic glory won’t even get to go to the Games this year.

Iraq Olympic building

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that the IOC has banned Iraq from competing in Beijing this August. What could have happened so that a national team who received an opening ceremony standing ovation just four years ago isn’t even allowed to show up (and more importantly, get the hell out of Iraq for a few weeks)?

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