Immigration Politics and Sports
Politics and sports
Political roles in SportsFour-time Olympic gold-medal-winning runner Mo Farah has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy. Farah is a British citizen who was born in Somalia, one of seven predominantly Muslim nations subject to the executive order signed by Trump that currently bars entry to the United States.
Farah moved to Britain from Somalia at the age of 8 and is regarded as one of the greatest-ever athletes in British sport after winning the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and at the 2013 and 2015 world championships.
He also won the 5,000-meter gold at the 2011 world championships and was recently given a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. "On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien," Farah stated.
When Trump signed a revised version of his immigration order, USA Weightlifting’s CEO Phil Andrews released a statement in response:
“Sport is universal in its ability to unite the world under the banners of peace and inclusion. The global Weightlifting community is tight-knit and we, as a community, celebrate our ability to meet and compete with athletes from around the globe. USA Weightlifting maintains our position that politics and sport be separate. We continue to work with our partners at the United States Olympic Committee to determine what impact this action may have beyond the initial 90-day travel restriction. As hosts of the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships, the United States hopes to welcome athletes from around the world–including those from the six countries mentioned in today’s U.S. Government action.”
U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement that the USOC is "working closely with the administration to understand the new rules and how we best navigate them as it pertains to visiting athletes and officials. We know the administration is supportive of the Olympic Movement, and our bid, and believe we will have a good working relationship with them to ensure our success in hosting and attending events."
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