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17 May 2003
IOC News , Press Release

IOC Executive Board releases statement on Iraqi athletes and NOC of Iraq

The IOC Executive Board, after taking knowledge of the report of the Ethics Commission, discussed today the situation regarding the Iraqi athletes and the NOC of Iraq. Two priorities have been identified, namely:

- The IOC is concerned about the athletes, their well-being and needs, and the steps required for their preparations for the upcoming Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 in Athens, Greece; and

- The NOC of Iraq must be reconstructed so as to comply with the Olympic Charter. The NOC of Iraq is suspended while this process takes place. The IOC strongly condemns all acts of abuse carried out or ordered by the former President of the NOC of Iraq against athletes. They constitute gross violations of the ethical principles and rules of the IOC. The IOC expresses its sympathy for all athlete victims of this abuse. No person involved in any abuse committed by the previous administration will be allowed to participate in the reconstruction of the NOC.

In order to achieve the goals of helping the athletes and aiding the reconstruction of the NOC, the IOC will work together with the United Nations and other competent authorities and, in addition, will send a mission to Iraq led by its Director of NOC Relations and Olympic Solidarity, Mr Pere Miro.

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