Though the athletes on Iraq’s five-aside soccer team were eager to compete, their sports training had fallen behind. That’s because there were no safe places for them to practice in Iraq.
But during 15 days of intense training in the UAE, Iraq’s team captain, Odai Kazem, could see how well they were playing.
“During the training camp, we played some friendly games and surprisingly our competitors predicted we would win a medal,” said Odai. But at the World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, the Iraqi teams found some really tough competition.