A few months ago, it seemed liked nothing could stop Iraqi sprinter Dana Hussain from representing her country in the upcoming Summer Olympics.CNN
Then, the International Olympic Committee banned Iraq from competing because of what it says is the government's political interference in sports.
Hussain cried for hours after hearing the news, which arrived in the form of a letter to Iraqi officials.
"She hasn't stopped. It's like finding out that a close relative has died," said her coach, Yousif Abdul Rahman. Abdul Rahman attempted to console Hussain by assuring her that she could compete in the 2012 Olympics.
The Iraq government dissolved the National Olympic Committee in May and the interim IOC ban was put in place on 4 June.BBC News
Davies added that the Iraqi government had been asked to travel to Switzerland to meet the IOC to discuss possible remedies but failed to do so.
The committee which the government dismissed was elected in 2004, in line with the Olympic movement's regulations.
The Iraqi government said it took the decision to appoint a new committee because the previous one was corrupt and had not been functioning properly.