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Iraqi weightlifter dreams of Olympic success

Sunday, July 08 2012 by SNTV
  • Intro:

    Safaa Rashid Mahmud al-Jamaili and Dana Hussein are two of the nine athletes that will represent Iraq at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


    As Olympic training venues go, the dust-coated weight room tucked down an alley behind Baghdad's bomb-proof barriers doesn't rate highly.

    There isn't even a fan to help relieve Iraq's 48degree C (118 degree F) summer heat - there is no electricity, thanks to Iraq's frequent power cuts.

    But weightlifter Safaa Rashid Mahmud al-Jamaili is a late addition to Iraq's team going to the Olympics in London:

    Nations win spots at the Games based on their teams' combined scores at qualifying events.

    Iraq failed to win at the Asian Championships in April but when a member of another country failed a dope test, Jamaili was delighted to be called up.

    SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Safa Rashid Mahmud
    ''Now I am preparing to participate in London Olympics. I hope to get a permanent training camp so that I can win a medal in London Olympics. I hope to achieve something good for the Iraqi people.''

    Jamaili will travel to London as the sole weightlifter on the nine-person Iraqi Olympic team.

    Sprinter Dana Hussein will join the 22-year-old.

    Hussein was the only Iraqi to compete at the 2008 Beijing Games and she will represent the war-torn country in the 100m this summer.

    The chances of the Iraqi flag being raised above a podium in London are slim but the determination of the few athletes that are aiming to beat the odds is beyond doubt.

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