Deadline to Nominate Athletes for Games
(ATR) - Today is the deadline for each country sending a team to the Olympics to nominate the athletes who will compete in Athens. Approximately 10,000 athletes from a record 202 nations are expected for the Games in August.
When the deadline passes, changes can be made only for extraordinary circumstances, such as might occur with track and field athletes from the U.S. Some have qualified for Athens but still have pending drug charges that could make them ineligible by the time of the Games.
New nations competing at the Athens Games include East Timor and the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Afghanistan will send its first team to Athens since the 1990?s while Iraq?s athletes will be the first to compete in years without needing to fear the tortuous wrath of the late Udday Hussein, who led the Iraqi NOC until his father?s regime was toppled last year.
More Olympic news in the July 23 issue of Around the Rings, for subscribers only.