Syria will take part in Arab Games, says official

November 13, 2011 15:59

DOHA - Syria will take part in December's Arab Games despite the country's suspension from the Arab League, an event official told Reuters on Sunday.

"They will participate and we are welcoming all athletes from the Arab nations," Abdulla al-Mulla, acting director for ceremonies at the 22-country Doha Games said.

"We never mix up politics with sport, so they are most welcome to come to Doha. And the confirmation, we have that in writing from Syria."

Asked if Syria might withdraw from the Dec. 9-23 Games if the political stand-off between President Bashar Assad and his Arab counterparts worsened, Mulla said: "It's their decision, but the doors are always open for all the Arab athletes."

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