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Bombing evokes mixed emotions from former athletes

Updated: April 3, 2003, 4:17 PM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN.com

The Iraqi National Olympic Committee headquarters was bombed and largely destroyed Tuesday by U.S. war planes, prompting mixed reaction from former Iraqi athletes who said they have been tortured by Olympic committee chief Uday Hussein.

"That's great news, lovely news," said Sharar Haydar, a former national team soccer player.

Haydar claims to be one of many athletes who was imprisoned in a first-floor prison, and punished by Uday, son of Saddam Hussein.

The overnight bombing ...

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