Olympic champion Farah criticises Trump's travel ban

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Four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has criticised United States president Donald Trump for imposing a "troubling" travel ban that leaves him uncertain about returning to the country.

Britain's Farah, who successfully defended his 5,000 metres and 10,000m titles at Rio 2016, moved to the United Kingdom from Somalia as a child but has lived in the US since 2011.

Nationals from Somalia and six other countries have been banned from travelling to the US for 90 days under an executive order issued by Trump, making the athlete worry for his future.

 

On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump...

Posted by Mo Farah on Sunday, 29 January 2017

"On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien," Farah wrote in a statement on Facebook.

"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's deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home - to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.

"I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realise my dreams. I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honour of a knighthood.

"My story is an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation."