Seven athletes have been effected by this decision:
Athletes from Iraq have been banned from taking part at this summer’s Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee has announced.
The team was already the subject of an interim ban after the Iraqi government replaced the country’s Olympic committee with its own appointees.
Under the IOC charter, all committees must be free of political influence.
As a result the team of two rowers, two sprinters, one archer, one weightlifter and one judo competitor cannot attend.
More about the dispute that lead to this unfortunate outcome, here.
Here’s a video of the hopeful and dedicated athletes training:
I can’t even imagine their disappointment. These athletes have risked their lives, training in a war zone, only to be told they can’t participate for reasons beyond their control.