Calls for Syria Olympic chief ban

The head of Syria's Olympic Committee has insisted to ITV News that he will be in London for the Games, despite calls for him to be banned. The goalkeeper for the national team has told ITV News "the majority of the athletes don’t want to take part."

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Syrian team to take part in London 2012

In terms of the Syrian Olympic team not taking part in the Games or having the right to, this is something the Syrian committee refuses.

Athletes, sports and the Olympics is outside the realm of politics. As members of the Syrian Arab Republic and as athletes our only responsibility is to represent the Syrian flag in the games in London.

Our flag is represented by the white, red and black with two green stars and this is what we will raise up to the London sky. So of course we will take part and without a doubt our flag will be raised."

– Feras Moula, Syria Olympic Committee Secretary General

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