Iraqi sports reporters determined best athletes of the country of the year 2002. Athlete number one is the president of the country, Saddam Hussein. As reporters believe, he always takes care of the sports movement development in Iraq. Journalists also highly evaluated the activity of Saddam’s son, Uday, on his position of the head of the national Olympic committee. Iraqi sports journalists also came to conclusion that such sports as track athletics, football, handball, basketball, chess and heavy athletics accomplished a lot during the year 2002. Iraqi football coach Adnan Hamad was named the best Iraqi coach.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.