Interesting Facts About Iraq’s Sports

 Interesting Facts About Iraq’s Sports

Like Mullah Mohammed Omar (Taliban terrorist), Pol Pot (Maoist dictator), and Fidel Castro Ruz (communist dictator), Uday Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti became infamous for torturing athletes. During the 1998 Arab Games, Uday, Saddam Hussein´s son, threatened to make the Iraqi national soccer crew pay for the experience if they did not acquire true results. Who became Uday? He was president of the Iraqi Olympic Committee. Don Yaeger wrote in a piece of writing posted in Sports Illustrated in March 2003, “Uday’s penchant for violence has long been an open mystery among international athletic officials. Amnesty International suggested in 2001 that Uday had ordered the hand of a protection officer at his Olympic headquarters to be chopped off five years earlier after the person turned into accused of stealing sports activities system that became missing (however later grew to become up). In 1997 FIFA, the governing body of world football, sent investigators to Baghdad to question members of the Iraqi countrywide crew who’d allegedly had their toes caned via Uday’s henchmen losing a World Cup qualifying fit to Kazakhstan. The investigators spoke simplest to humans whom Uday had decided on. The result: a document exonerating Uday “.

The Iraqi delegation participated in the 2006 Summer Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar, and won 2 silver and 1 bronze medal, putting the Iraqi group in a 29th location out of 45 countries and territories. For the primary time on account that 1986, athletes from Iraq took element in an Asian Games. It became represented by 80-six sports activities of human beings in Doha. The national football crew certified for the Asian Games, and the crew surprised all of us while it reached the finals only to lose to the hosts using 1-0. The silver medallists had been Mohammed Ali Karim, Younis Mahmoud, Usama Ali, Salam Shakir, Jassim Muhammad Haji, Karrar Jassim, Haidar Aboodi, Haidar Kaw, Ali Rehema, Ahmad Abd Ali, Muayad Khalid, Mostafa Karim, Alaa Abdul-Zahra, Ali Mansour Alwan, Samer Saeed, Haidar Sabah, Ali Khudhair, Mohammed Kassidy, and Mohammed Raheem.

The Iraqi soccer team is now and then known as the “Brazil of Asia.” Why? This group is one of Asia’s maximum successful. It won fourth place throughout the XXVII Summer Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece, in 2004. Iraq became the best Asian u. S . A. Within the finals. However, Iraq made records on July 29, 2007, when its group won the Asian Nations Cup. Using a nucleus of players from Athens´s 2004, they beat the three-times Asian champions (1984, 1988, and 1996) Saudi Arabia 1-zero within the very last held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In Jakarta, in the course of the in shape, a sympathetic crowd of greater than 60,000, which covered hundreds of Iraqi lovers, chanted, “Iraq! Iraq! Iraqi flags hug from excessive inside the stands, and one big sign examines, “Peace for Iraq.” It becomes one of the few unifying moments in the recent records of Iraq. The victory marked the primary time within the event´s 51-year history that Iraq has received the Cup. General David H. Petraeus congratulated the group contributors and called them “an instance for all of Iraq: a group of Sunni, Shia, and Kurd who overcame plenty of adversity to acquire a common intention, and that they did it by teamwork. On that day we have been all Iraqi, too”.


The Iraqi authorities give notable athletes special medals and economic awards for excelling in sports activities. On returning home, each member of the triumphant soccer group -Asian champions- was rewarded with unique prizes: $10,000 and a diplomatic passport. The Asian u. S. Sent forty-five athletes to the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, USSR (presently Russia). Like Benin, Libya, Uganda, Burkina Faso, and Guyana, Iraq again to the Summer Games after taking part in the African-led boycott of the 1976 Olympic Games in Canada. Football is the most famous sport in Iraq. Football video games draw large crowds to stadiums in Baghdad (Iraq´s capital), Arbil, Mosul, and different cities. Other famous sports in Iraq include wrestling, volleyball, taekwondo, athletics, and basketball.

Ahmed Raed defected from Iraq in the course of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was an Olympic weightlifter. Ahmed turned into given the honor of wearing his USA’s flag within the commencing rite of the Olympics. The Arab usa did not compete in the Summer Olympic 15 instances ( Athens-1896, Paris-1900, St.Louis-1904, London-1908, Stockholm-1912, Antwerp-1920, Paris-1924, Amsterdam-1928, Los Angeles-1932, Berlin-1936, London-1948, Helsinki-1952, Melbourne-1956, Munich-1972 and Montreal-1976).

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