British Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah is deeply disturbed and speaking out following President Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim ban, barring people from entering the country from seven specific countries.
Farah, who is training in Ethiopia at the moment for a race in Birmingham next month, called the ban, which bars people from Somalia, the Olympian’s birth place, “deeply troubling.”
The Olympic hero, who lives and works in Portland, Oregon, was scared that he might get caught up in Trump’s "prejudicial" executive orders and be barred from entering the U.S. — which is home to him, his wife and children.
Farah is among the most recognizable long-distance runners of British athletic history. He is married to Tania Nell and has three children: twin daughters Aisha and Amani and a son named Hussein. Farah is also the stepfather to Nell’s daughter Rihanna.
“On 1 January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27 January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien,” Farah wrote on Facebook, highlighting how alienated he feels to be a part of Trump’s America and how scared he was that he may not be able to meet his wife and children for a long time.
His heartfelt post soon went viral with more than 75,000 shares. People sent out powerful messages of hope and support, including Sarah Brown, a British campaigner for global health and education. “You have made me proud to be British on many an occasion. I hope we can make you proud of us by standing up against this great wrong being done to so many,” Brown said.
Thankfully, Farah soon discovered he wasn’t going to be affected by the daunting ban as the Somali born athlete doesn’t have a dual nationality or a Somali passport.
“The U.S. has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the expeditious processing of all travelers from the U.K.,” said the U.K. government’s latest statement.
Farah was relieved to hear this good news but still opposes Trump’s unethical policy.
“We understand from the statement released this evening by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office that the executive order will not apply to Mo, and we are grateful to the FCO for urgently clarifying the situation. Mo is relieved that he will be able to return to his family once his current training camp concludes.”
“However, as he said in his earlier statement, he still fundamentally disagrees with this incredibly divisive and discriminatory policy,” said a spokeswoman of the Olympic gold medalist.
Banner/Spotlight Credits: Reuters