Iraqi contingent set to compete in Beijing

BEIJING --- The Iraqi Olympic team arrived in China late Monday, less than a week after the country's ban was reversed.


The International Olympic Committee suspended Iraq in May over alleged government interference in the country's national committee.

The decision was reversed last Tuesday, clearing four of the seven Iraqis who originally qualified for the Games. The other three who could get a chance to compete are waiting in Kuwait.

"I'm so happy I am here now," said rower Haidar Nozad , who is in men's double sculls with Hamzah Hussein Jebur . "I am so excited. It is my dream."

The other competitors are Haidir Nasir in the men's discus and sprinter Dana Hussein , the only woman among the four.

TV COVERAGE: The Olympics are coming to YouTube.

The Olympic content will reach 77 territories where digital rights have not been sold, or have been acquired on a non-exclusive basis, the International Olympic Committee said Monday.

The package from Beijing will include highlights, news and daily clips of the competitions and will be directed primarily to Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Internet users outside the 77 territories will be blocked from seeing the clips through a technology called "geo-blocking."

STILL IN: Paula Radcliffe intends to run the marathon in Beijing "unless my leg breaks down."

The world record holder from Britain has been trying to overcome a stress fracture in her left thigh in time to compete in her fourth consecutive Olympics.

- German tennis player Rainer Schuettler will get a shot at an Olympic gold medal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday upheld his request that the International Tennis Federation enter him in the men's singles competition. The panel found the 33rd-ranked Schuettler was among the top players eligible for the Games, according to the ITF criteria.

NOW OUT: Hanna Ljungberg will be replaced on Sweden's Olympic squad because of a hamstring injury, costing the Beijing Games its second women's soccer star.

Ljungberg described the injury as a "cramp" when she first felt pain in her right hamstring two weeks ago, said Dr. Johan Leandersson , the Swedish team physician.

The 29-year-old joins U.S. forward Abby Wambach , who broke her leg in July in an Olympic tune-up match, on the sidelines.

DOPING: A backup sample taken from Italian fencer Andrea Baldini came back positive for the banned diuretic furosemide, confirming the doping case that cost the medal hopeful his spot on the Olympic team. The diuretic is considered a masking agent that can be used to hide other drugs.



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