Following qualification for 2024 Paris Olympics

PM Al-Sudani honors Iraq’s U23 football team with rewards

BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani announced rewards for Iraq’s U23 soccer team upon their return to Baghdad after qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The rewards include residential land plots, a monthly stipend, and a financial bonus of 10 million Iraqi dinars ($7,630).

The rewards are issued under the Law of Granting Athletes and Pioneers No. 6 of 2013.

Iraq’s national football team secured a spot in the Paris Olympics after defeating Indonesia 2-1 in the AFC U-23 Asian Cup third-place playoff match on Thursday.

Men’s soccer teams at the Olympics are mostly limited to players under the age of 23, with three overage players allowed per squad.

This qualification marks the sixth Olympic appearance for Iraq’s football team.

The Paris Olympics are scheduled for July 26 to Aug. 11, 2024. Iraq will compete in their group against Ukraine, Argentina, and Morocco.

During a reception for the team, al-Sudani said, “This achievement is a result of your efforts, through which you have proved your sense of responsibility. This is a great victory for Iraq and a reaffirmation of successes across various fields,” according to his media office.

Al-Sudani described the qualification as “a significant achievement” and “a strong resurgence of Iraqi football.”

He emphasized that government support for sports is not a “favor” but a recognition of its importance, noting, “sports today represent a political, social, and economic interest,” integral to the state’s identity and existence.