LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The
International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted the ban on Iraq competing at
the Beijing Olympics, the IOC announced here late on Tuesday.
Iraq delegation was cleared to take part in the
Beijing Olympic Games after the Iraqi government and IOC reached an agreement at
a crisis meeting here in the IOC's headquarters.
As the deadline for competitors at the Games for all
events except athletics passed on July 23 the Iraqi delegation will now have
only two athletes -- discus thrower Haidar Nasir and sprinter Danma Hussein.
IOC president Jacques Rogge hailed the agreement: "We
look forward to seeing the Iraqi flag in Beijing."
"I commend the government of Iraq for reaching an
agreement that serves the long-term interest of Iraqi athletes.
"We have said all along that we want to see Iraqi
athletes in Beijing." Rogge said.