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Additional Iraqi athletes have chance to compete in Beijing

Updated: July 30, 2008, 2:44 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's Olympic team was thrilled Wednesday at the news that the International Olympic Committee revoked a ban on its participation in the Beijing Games, allowing four of the original seven athletes to compete.

The IOC decision came late Tuesday after last-minute talks, during which an Iraqi government delegation pledged to hold free elections for its national Olympic committee under international observation.

IOC officials said Iraq would be able to send two track and field ...

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