Iraq at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Iraq at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Iraq.svg
IOC code IRQ
NOC National Olympic Committee of Iraq
Website www.iraqiolympic.org (in Arabic)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 22 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Waheed Abdul-Ridha[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Iraq competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's fourteenth appearance at the Summer Olympic Games since its debut in 1948.

The National Olympic Committee of Iraq selected a team of 23 male athletes to compete in six sports at the Games, with the men's football squad staging its Olympic comeback for the first time since 2004.[2] Waheed Abdul-Ridha, Iraq's highest-ranked boxer and world no. 31 in the middleweight division, led the Iraqi team as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

Iraq, however, failed to win its first Olympic medal, since the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where Abdul Wahid Aziz took the bronze in men's weightlifting.

Boxing[edit]

Iraq has entered one boxer to compete in the men's light welterweight division into the Olympic boxing tournament. Waheed Abdul-Ridha had claimed an Olympic spot with a quarterfinal victory at the 2016 AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.[3]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Waheed Abdul-Ridha Men's middleweight  Rodríguez (MEX)
L 0–3
Did not advance

Football[edit]

Summary

Key:

Team Event Group Stage Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Iraq men's Men's tournament  Denmark
D 0–0
 Brazil
D 0–0
 South Africa
D 1–1
3 Did not advance 12

Men's tournament[edit]

Iraq men's football team qualified for the Olympics with a remarkable victory over the host nation Qatar in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship bronze medal play-off, signifying the nation's Olympic comeback to the sport for the first time since 2004.[2]

Team roster

The following is the Iraq squad in the men's football tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team of 18 players was officially named on 14 July.[4]

Head coach: Abdul-Ghani Shahad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Fahad Talib (1994-10-21)21 October 1994 (aged 21) 9 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
2 2DF Ahmad Ibrahim* (1992-02-25)25 February 1992 (aged 24) 6 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Dhafra
3 2DF Hawbir Mustafa (1993-09-24)24 September 1993 (aged 22) 0 0 Netherlands MVV Maastricht
4 2DF Mustafa Nadhim (1993-09-23)23 September 1993 (aged 22) 28 4 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
5 2DF Ali Faez (1994-09-09)9 September 1994 (aged 21) 9 1 Turkey Rizespor
6 2DF Ali Adnan (1993-12-19)19 December 1993 (aged 22) 10 5 Italy Udinese
7 4FW Hammadi Ahmad* (1989-10-18)18 October 1989 (aged 26) 0 0 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
8 4FW Mohannad Abdul-Raheem (1993-09-22)22 September 1993 (aged 22) 15 5 Iraq Al-Zawraa
9 3MF Mahdi Kamel (1995-01-06)6 January 1995 (aged 21) 26 6 Iraq Al-Shorta
10 3MF Ali Husni (1994-05-23)23 May 1994 (aged 22) 9 3 Turkey Rizespor
11 3MF Humam Tariq (1996-02-10)10 February 1996 (aged 20) 12 5 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
12 1GK Mohammed Hameed (1993-01-24)24 January 1993 (aged 23) 7 0 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat
13 4FW Sherko Karim (1996-05-25)25 May 1996 (aged 20) 0 0 Switzerland Grasshopper
14 2DF Saad Natiq (1994-03-19)19 March 1994 (aged 22) 11 1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
15 2DF Dhurgham Ismail (1994-05-23)23 May 1994 (aged 22) 12 1 Turkey Rizespor
16 3MF Saad Abdul-Amir* (c) (1992-01-19)19 January 1992 (aged 24) 4 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Qadisiyah
17 2DF Alaa Mhawi (1996-06-03)3 June 1996 (aged 20) 5 0 Iraq Al-Zawraa
18 3MF Amjad Attwan (1997-03-12)12 March 1997 (aged 19) 5 2 Iraq Al-Shorta

* Over-aged player.

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil (H) 3 1 2 0 4 0 +4 5 Quarter-finals
2  Denmark 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3 4
3  Iraq 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
4  South Africa 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Source: Rio2016 & FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Iraq  0–0  Denmark
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)

Brazil  0–0  Iraq
Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)

South Africa  1–1  Iraq
Motupa Goal 6' Report (Rio2016)
Report (FIFA)
Abdul-Amir Goal 14'
Attendance: 37,742[7]

Judo[edit]

Iraq has qualified one judoka for the men's half-middleweight category (81 kg) at the Games, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 2004. Hussein Al-Aameri earned a continental quota spot from the Asian region as the highest-ranked Iraqi judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[8]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Hussein Al-Aameri Men's −81 kg Bye  Kibikai (GAB)
L 000–000 S
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

Iraq has qualified one boat in the men's single sculls for the Olympics at the 2016 Asia & Oceania Continental Qualification Regatta in Chungju, South Korea.

Athlete Event Heats Repechage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Mohammed Jasim Al-Khafaji Men's single sculls 7:25.04 5 R 7:14.38 2 QF 8:29.76 6 SC/D 7:48.31 6 FD 7:03.73 21

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; QF=Quarterfinals; R=Repechage

Weightlifting[edit]

Iraq has qualified one male weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top seven national finish at the 2016 Asian Championships.[9] Meanwhile, an unused women's Olympic spot was added to the Iraqi weightlifting team by IWF, as a response to the vacancy of women's quota places in the individual World Rankings and to the "multiple positive cases" of doping on several nations. The National Olympic Committee of Iraq, however, chose to keep the women's place vacant, allowing the deadline of allocation to pass without selecting a female weightlifter.[10] The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.[11]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Salwan Jassim Abbood Men's −105 kg 180 8 214 10 394 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Boxer Waheed Abdulridha set to lead 26 Iraqi Olympians". StepFeed. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Iraq clinch Asia's final Rio spot". FIFA. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "World Olympic Qualifier Quarter-Finals see Haiti, Iraq, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan among 23 nations to confirm quota places at Rio 2016". AIBA. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Iraq Football Squad for Rio 2016 – 18 Athletes for Men's Soccer game in olympics". Sports 24 hour. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Match Report: IRQ vs DEN" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Match Report: BRA vs IRQ" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Match Report: RSA vs IRQ" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Continental Qualification current standing". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Second day of the IWF Executive Board meeting in Tbilisi". International Weightlifting Federation. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Rio 2016 Weightlifting – List of Athletes by Bodyweight Category" (pdf). International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 

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