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Sudan says runners who sought asylum are not members in its Olympic team


By Toby Collins

July 30, 2012 (LONDON) – Sudan’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Abdullahi Alazreg, denied that one of its Olympic team had applied for asylum in the United Kingdom.

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Abubaker Kaki at the 2011 IAAF world track and field championships (AFP / Getty)

The AP reported on Friday that a member of the Sudanese Olympic team is seeking asylum in the UK according to an anonymous member of the UK government.

On Friday the response issued by the Sudanese Embassy in London was to "categorically refute allegations" made by UK government and police officials, without further details.

Ambassador Abdullahi Alazreg, told the official news agency SUNA, that none of the Olympic athletes applied for asylum. He pointed out they were all at the embassy to break Ramadan fast in an Iftar organised in their honour.

Nonetheless, he admitted that three Sudanese runners, who were in London preparing for competition to be organised in Barcelona, sought asylum in the British capital.

He added another Sudanese runner refused to follow them and preferred to return to Khartoum where he is now.

There are only two runners who will participate in the 800m event; Ismail Ahmed Ismail and Abubaker Kaki.

Ismail, who was Sudan’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony, won a silver medal in his event in the 2008 Olympics; Sudan’s only medal in its ten Olympic appearances. He is 28 years old and is a member of the Fur ethnic group of Darfur.

Kadi is 24 years old and from El Mugland in Western Kordofan and is expected to leave London with a medal. He came in second in the 2011 World Championships in Daegu.

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Ismail Ahmed Ismail during the London Olympic opening ceremony, June 27, 2012 (Getty)

Also in the Sudanese team: Mhasin Elmuglad will swim the women’s 50m freestyle; Rabah Yousif will run the men’s 400m; Mohamed Elkhedr will swim the men’s 50m freestyle; and Amina Bakhit will run the women’s 800m.

The International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said on Friday "I know about the fact there has been a request [for asylum] but I don’t know the decision of the government."


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  • 30 July 2012 08:30, by Logic


    What an embarrassment for the criminal NCP during this difficult time in their 23 year dictatorship.

    Sudan must be ruled by a system which reflects its true identity, not this brainwashed fake wana-be’s if the remaining Sudan is to stay in tact.

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  • 30 July 2012 08:37, by Aaban

    Do I have to blame any person who is requesting asylums , no because nobody would like to go and witness the mass murdering of innocent people for their color and their ethnicity, I hope that tall groups athletes seek asylum in UK, to show they world that gang regime is negative toward it citizen,coward who kept powe in the expend of other people blood, time will came for you gang to pay back,

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  • 30 July 2012 09:54, by sudani ana

    Good luck to our national Olympics team, I wish them every success over the following few days.

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  • 30 July 2012 10:59, by wdalbalad1

    I think this is conspiracy! they want to divert sudanese runners from their focusing to let them fail in the competition.if this allegation is true why they did not mentionend the name of runner and the name of olympic’s member who announced this news.

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    • 30 July 2012 12:32, by Observer

      When are we going to get over this everything is a conspiracy, everything is a lie mentality?
      Is our Olympic committee and our Embassy in London now calling British government officials, the police and immigration authorities all liars?
      If the story isn;t true why didn;t our Embassy or Olympic official not accept phone calls or come out and deny it.

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      • 30 July 2012 13:25, by wdalbalad1

        the news come out from anonymous source,if this news is true why they aren’t rveal the runner’s name.
        sudan’s embassy & olympic committee refute this news.
        for more information about sudan embassy denying the news visit sudaneseonline.com

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  • 30 July 2012 13:54, by Northern Sudanese

    if it was true then why wouldn’t they say his name???

    Kaki was once secretly offered US citizenship so he can run under the flag of the US but he refused!

    anyway, good luck for our Olympic team :)

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    • 30 July 2012 18:59, by zulu

      you stupid murderous fools. cant you read other news sources and get the name?
      where is the fake arab here in the olypics? you cannot expect the person you kill their relatives, rape their women and embaras them in pulic to be obedient to the last. good for this olympian to decide to refuse return to a land of injustice

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    • 30 July 2012 21:33, by Observer

      There this might help. It comes from The Independent in the UK

      London 2012: Sudan confirms three Olympic athletes have gone missing and are expected to seek asylum in Britain
      Spokesman for Sudanese embassy in London said Al-Nazeer Abdul Gadir has already applied for asylum, while Sadam Hussein and Osman Yahya Omar are missing and expected to lodge their own claims soon.

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