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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 Olympic chief will attend London 2012

There is no question about it we are taking part in a official way and with the best quality of athletes here in Syria.

And the Syrian Olympic Committee is the sole legitimate and only representative for the Syrian athletes taking part in the Olympic games in London.

The envoy will include members the Olympic Committee as well as the Head and Secretary General of the Olympic Committee along with a large number of the athletes themselves that made it into this round of Olympic games."

– General Mowaffak Joumaa, Syria Olympic Committee President

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