Monday, July 26, 2004

Sports Psychology Under Saddam

Another slice of life from Saddam's Iraq that Michael Moore chose not to discuss:

Torture equipment used by Saddam Hussein's slain son, Odai, to punish underperforming Iraqi athletes was displayed Saturday at a Baghdad sports stadium in advance of the opening of the Olympics next month in Athens.

Journalists were shown medieval-style torture equipment, including an "iron maiden-like" casket with metal spikes fixed to the inside that athletes had been forced into and chain whips with steel barbs the size of tennis balls attached to the end.

"During the old regime, Odai was looking for results and he wanted winners. He didn't like second place," Talib Mutan, an Iraqi Olympics Committee official, told Associated Press Television News.

"If the athletes didn't come in first, they were punished. And he would punish the people around the athletes, their managers and coaches included," Mutan said.

Source: Associated Press


Anonymous USpace said...

Great post and site, it's in and you're linked, thanks!

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
outlaw all sports

at least beat the losers
make them kick concrete ball

7:08 PM  

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