Documenting the Olympic dreams of Iraq’s rowers

Haider Nozad, an Iraqi oarsman, wants to go back to the Olympics. Last time, in 2008, he and his rowing partner, Hamza Hussein Jebur, almost did not make it because of politics. This time, they may not qualify. Mr. Nozad and Mr. Jebur failed to do so at the world championships last year. The rowers, […]

J. David Goodman reports for The New York Times:

Haider Nozad, an Iraqi oarsman, wants to go back to the Olympics.

Last time, in 2008, he and his rowing partner, Hamza Hussein Jebur, almost did not make it because of politics. This time, they may not qualify.

Mr. Nozad and Mr. Jebur failed to do so at the world championships last year. The rowers, who once trained on the brown waters of Baghdad’s Tigris River when it was a macabre dumping ground, will have another chance later this month at races in South Korea.