Thursday, August 16, 2012

African Olympic Athletes Have Begun Claiming Asylum in London

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Weynay Ghebresilasie

Caity Weaver reports that the Olympic flag-bearer for Eritrea, 18-year-old Weynay Ghebresilasie, a steeplechase contestant in the London Games revealed that he claimed political asylum in the United Kingdom on the day of the Games' closing ceremony. In addition, "Over a dozen athletes and coaches from nations including Cameroon, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Ivory Coast `disappeared' from the Olympic village before the closing ceremony and have not returned home. Of the twelve athletes from Eritrea, four have already claimed asylum in the U.K."

KJ

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