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"A little-known fact is that the first free election in Iraq was the Olympic committee elections," Eli said. "Because the IOC wouldn't let Iraq back into the Olympics until it formed an entirely new committee. My uncle had seen how much the Olympics meant to me and how the Olympics brought people together, and he felt very strongly for the Iraqis to have the opportunity to rally around their flag. "It was the only thing they could agree on at the time. Shiites, Sunnis, Chaldeans -- it didn't matter who you were, you supported the Iraqi soccer team. He was adamant; he literally risked his life to get those elections off the ground so the IOC would recognize the Iraq Olympic committee and they could get back in the Olympics."
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