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From: The Palestine-Chronicle Report - http://palestinechronicle.com/ Jordan Weekly Star 2 March 2000 Marathon from Amman to Baghdad ITALIAN UNION Sport for All (UIST) in cooperation with "Bridge to Baghdad," and in agreement with the Iraq Olympic Committee, will organize on 9 April the "Vivicitta" (live city) competition in Baghdad. The Iraqi runners will be joined by 10 Italian athletes, several French and other nationals. The UIST decision to organize Vivicitta in Baghdad is expressly related to the demand for lifting the economic sanctions. This international competition is heavily covered by the Italian mass media. In preparation for the competition in Baghdad, the Italian Athlete Giuseppe Pagllialuca will reach Baghdad running 1000 kilometers across the desert from Amman to Baghdad. This marathon is expected to take 30 days to complete. It will begin from Amman on 8 March. Mr Pagllialuca will run wearing shirts displaying slogans condemning the sanctions and will be accompanied by a journalist and an activist from the Bridge to Baghdad organization. The organizers' intention is to take the opportunity of the 30-day-run to promote an international media campaign to focus on the conditions of the Iraqi people under the sanctions. UIST is the largest European Sport Association with 980,000 members. Vivicitta is a running competition which covers 12 kilometers and takes place every year in about 50 cities in Italy and in another 20 around the world simultaneously. The Bridge to Baghdad is coordinating the first leg of the marathon (Amman-Baghdad) with the National Hall for the Defense of Iraq (NHDI) in Jordan. The National Hall hopes to be able to find Jordanian athletes who can join the 30-day marathon. ______________________________________________________________________ -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi