Gulf 25: Iraq apologizes to Kuwait for “organizational problems” in the Gulf Cup

From the opening ceremony before the start of the first match of the 25th Gulf Cup between Iraq and the Sultanate of Oman at the Basra International Stadium in Basra, Iraq on January 6, 2023

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Iraq apologized to Kuwait after organizational problems in the Gulf Cup in Basra prompted the Kuwaiti delegation to leave.

On Friday, a stampede occurred, prior to the opening of the tournament, which resulted in the Emir of Kuwait’s representative being unable to enter the stadium. A spokesman for the Kuwaiti delegation said, “The unrest prevented the representative of the Emir of the country from entering the stadium.”

This is the first time that Iraq has organized the Gulf Cup in 44 years.

Iraq was deprived of hosting international football matches for many years, and the government today seeks to improve the country’s image by organizing sports tournaments such as the Gulf Cup.

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