Iraq hands back Asian Cup — dents and all 伊拉克送還凹痕累累的獎盃

Mon, Feb 23, 2009 - Page 14

It was hailed around the world as a triumph of the spirit for a war-torn country but it seems that Iraqis could not contain their joy after winning the Asian Cup football title in 2007.

The trophy was handed over to Qatari football bosses in Doha last Sunday covered in dents inflicted during its journey around Iraq’s 18 provinces after the team’s victory in Indonesia in 2007.

“There was some damage to the trophy because of the happiness of the Iraqi people,” said Najeh Hamud, vice president of the Iraqi Football Union. “It had been thrown around between some people on its travels.”

Iraq beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 to win its first Asian Cup in the summer of 2007. Competition rules state that the winning side hand the trophy to the hosts of the next tournament well ahead of the start of the competition.

Gas-rich Qatar will host the next Asian Cup in 2011.

“The Qatari Football Union will repair it,” Hamud said, confirming that a representative had handed the trophy over in Doha.(AFP)

二OO七年伊拉克拿下亞洲杯足球賽冠軍後,這個飽受戰爭摧殘的國家所展現的精神,讓全世界為之喝采。然而,他們似乎不太能克制成功的喜悅

上週日,這座獎盃在杜哈移交給卡達足協主委。二OO七年伊拉克隊在印尼奪冠後,球員帶著這座獎盃回到伊拉克的十八個省份繞行慶祝時,獎盃被撞得凹痕累累。

伊拉克足協副主席內耶.哈姆德說:「因為伊拉克人欣喜若狂,所以獎盃有些受損。球員帶著獎盃遊行繞境時,有些人互相丟傳獎盃。」

二OO七年夏天,伊拉克隊以一比零擊敗沙烏地阿拉伯隊,拿下他們第一座亞洲杯冠軍獎盃。比賽規則中明訂,冠軍隊伍要在下屆比賽開始前,將獎盃移交給下屆主辦國。

產油國卡達將於二O一一年主辦下一屆亞洲杯。

哈姆德表示,他們的代表已經將獎盃送到杜哈,他說:「卡達足協會想辦法修好它。」(法新社�翻譯:袁星塵)