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25 Jul 2003
IOC News

Positive report from the IOC delegation on returning from Iraq

Upon returning from Baghdad, after a nine-day visit, the IOC delegation considers it has achieved the objectives set for its mission. The main aims of this were to establish the state of the local sports movement; to help set up a new NOC structure; and to identify potential athletes for participation in the Olympic Games in Athens next year.

The delegation met 17 of the 21 national Olympic sports federations and was able to draw up a list of athletes from various sports, which will be submitted to Olympic Solidarity and the International Federations, with the aim of organising their preparation methods and possible selection for the forthcoming Athens Olympic Games.

The delegation noted the rapid implementation of restructuring and election processes at local sports club level, which should then lead to the restoration of national federations by the end of August, then to the recomposition of the Iraqi NOC General Assembly. The main task of this General Assembly will be to approve the new NOC statutes and to elect its executive body.

An IOC delegation will again go to Iraq on this occasion in order to supervise the holding of this General Assembly, which will constitute a new start for the Iraqi Olympic Movement.
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