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Ex.speedskater’s visa for Olympics, revoked

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The Chinese government revoked the visa of former Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek. Cheek is the co-founder of Team Darfur, a Washington D.C.-based group of athletes hoping to raise awareness about the crisis in the war-ravaged Darfur section of Sudan.

Cheek has been outspoken about his concern that China might squelch political protest surrounding the games. But he was surprised by the rescinding of his visa.

“I didn’t see it coming,” Cheek told the Associated Press. “I figured once they gave me a visa, I wouldn’t imagine they wouldn’t allow me to come in later. That was a big shock. I wasn’t expecting to get a call the evening before I was leaving for Beijing.”

Cheek: Darfur Work May Have Led To Revoked Visa : NPR.

Photo: BBC.

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Written by Claudia

August 11, 2008 at 7:34 pm

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