China has revoked the visa of Olympic Gold Medalist Joey Cheek. The speedskater was headed to the Beijing Games when the PRC slammed the door, no doubt because of Cheeks activism on Darfur.
I am saddened not to be able to attend the Games. The Olympic Games represent something powerful: that people can come together from around the world and do things that no one thought were possible. However, the denial of my visa is a part of a systemic effort by the Chinese government to coerce and threaten athletes who are speaking out on behalf of the innocent people of Darfur.
The IOC should make this an issue as should the president and every other world leader trooping to Beijing. If the PRC doesn’t get blasted in the media for each of its suppressions, more will follow.