Iraq made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1948 and has competed in most games since. They missed the 1952 and 1972 games and boycotted the 1956 (handling of the Suez Crisis) and 1976 (supported the African boycott) games. The nation typically sends a small delegation of fewer than 10 athletes, but the team grows to over 20 when they qualify their football team. Other sports Iraq typically competes in include athletics, boxing, weightlifting and wrestling. Iraq has so far won a single medal, at the 1960 Olympics where weightlifter Abdul Wahid Aziz won bronze in the men’s -67.5kg event.

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