Sudan: Athlete claiming asylum not on Olympic team

Sudan’s embassy in London says a young athlete has claimed

political asylum in Britain and two others are missing – but none

of them are part of the country’s Olympic squad.

Spokesman Khalid Mustafa said Monday that men had hoped to

qualify for the Olympics but didn’t make the grade.

Mustafa said Al-Nazeer Abdul Gadir has applied for asylum, while

Sadam Hussein and Osman Yahya Omar are missing and expected to soon

lodge their own claims.

All three had been part of a training squad granted visas to

travel to Britain ahead of the Summer Games.

Mustafa said the embassy had received conflicting initial

reports about whether the athletes were members of the country’s

OIympic team.