Thursday, August 7, 2008

China bars members of "Team Darfur" from Olympics

Throughout the games, radical sportswriter Dave Zirin will be blogging at the Nation.com. Check out his first post on China's clampdown

Joey Cheek is someone who actually believes in the Olympic ideal, the quaint notion that sports could be used as a force for good, to raise awareness, understanding and even bring people closer together. The 2006 speed skating gold medalist will now not get the chance to test his theories. Cheek, the president of Team Darfur, a coalition of as many as 200 athletes aimed at raising awareness about the suffering in the Sudanese region, had his visa revoked the evening before he was to fly to Beijing.