Sir Moh Farah hits out at Donald Trump over Muslim ban

Mo Farah of Britain holds the Union Jack flag after winning the men's 5000 metres final at the 15th IAAF Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach - RTX1Q5OS
  • By Zahida Islam

Olympic superstar; Sir Mohammad Farah hits back at Donald Trump

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Britain’s four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Moh Farah has criticised US President Donald Trump for imposing an order that leaves him unsure whether he can return to the United States, the land he now calls home.

Sir, Farah, 33, a British Knight, was born in Somalia, had lived in the UK since the age of 8, won four Olymic Gold medals for Great Britain, was knighted as Sir Farah by the Queen and has now lived in Oregon, USA for the past six years with his wife and children.

Somali nationals are among those banned from travelling to the US under the executive order issued on Friday.

“It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children daddy might not be able to come home.” said Sir Farah.

Writing on his Facebook page, he added: “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.”

Sir Farah said he believed Trump’s policy “comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice” and his story is “an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation”.

It is unclear whether Farah, who moved to Britain aged eight, will be able to return to the US.

Trump’s executive order halted the entire US refugee programme and also instituted a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Including an indefinite ban on Syrians.

The executive order also applies to those who hold dual nationality with one of the listed countries.

On Saturday, a US judge issued a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees stranded at airports.

Sir Farah does not have dual nationality or hold a Somali passport and it is understood his advisers are trying to clarify the situation with the US authorities.

The athlete is training in Ethiopia as part of his preparations for August’s World Championships in London, and is not planning to return to the US for a number of weeks.

Sir Farah added: “I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years, working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home. Now me, and many others like me, are being told that we may not be welcome.”

It is also understood that many Oscar nominees and winners will not be allowed to enter or return to the USA in order to attend the Oscars, a move that could financially cripple Hollywood.

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