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Date
30 Nov 2006
Tags
IOC News , Press Release

The Olympic Movement teams up to assist Iraqi athletes


At a ceremony held in Kuwait City yesterday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge handed over a DaimlerChrysler minivan destined for the Iraqi National Olympic Committee to the President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. Due to the current instability in Iraq and the situation of some Iraqi sports leaders who have been kidnapped this summer, the minivan will remain in Kuwait for the time being in order to help young athletes from Iraq, who are currently training in Kuwait, travel to training camps and competitions.


Some 100 countries benefit from minivan programme for athletes


Through a joint sports aid programme and in the framework of Olympic Solidarity, DaimlerChrysler, as long-term official supplier to the IOC, has helped some 100 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on all five continents since 1996 by providing vehicles to take athletes to training facilities and competition venues.


Iraqi athletes find training opportunities in foreign countries


Further to a request from the Iraqi NOC, the IOC, through Olympic Solidarity and in collaboration with the OCA, the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), has taken additional initiatives to help Iraqi sport. Through this collaboration, many Iraqi athletes and coaches have been able to find adequate training opportunities within various NOCs for the Doha Asian Games this December and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Depending on the results at the Doha Asian Games and the Olympic qualification systems, this assistance will continue with the selection of certain athletes to receive Olympic scholarships for Beijing.


Overview of support provided to Iraqi athletes and coaches

Sport
Athletes
Coaches
Partners involved
Athletics
5
1
Italy
Boxing
9
2
Kuwait/Ireland
Cycling
5
1
Turkey
Fencing
4
1
Turkey
Gymnastics
1
1
Romania
Rowing
2
1
Australia/FISA
Swimming
9
1
Kuwait
Beach Volleyball
3
1
Germany
Wrestling
16
2
Islamic Republic of Iran
Total:
54
11
 
   
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