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Is there a place for soccer at the Olympics?


AC Milan’s Kaka reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match against AS Roma in RomeKaka’s dream of helping Brazil win their first Olympic gold medal in soccer has been scuppered by his club AC Milan, who have announced that they will not allow him to play in the tournament in August.

“He is already part of the Brazil national side. The club does not think it is right for Kaka to also be involved in official matches for Brazil’s Olympic team,” the Italian club said in a statement.  

The Olympic tournament is restricted to under-23 teams but Kaka, 26, had been hoping to take part under a rule which allows each side to field upto three over-age players.  

Brazil’s eagerness for Kaka to play shows how seriously Olympic soccer is taken in Latin America.