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Sudan Refugee, Team Darfur Member Lomong To Carry U.S. Flag
Published August 7, 2008
|Lomong Discusses Being U.S. Flagbearer
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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE? In Philadelphia, Phil Sheridan writes there is "no more perfect choice" than Lomong to serve as flag bearer, both because of his "achievements and because of the pitch-perfect message of defiance it represents" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/7). In Seattle, Art Thiel writes the choice "seems an inspired one among those American athletes who want to make a political statement without being rude to their extraordinarily hospitable hosts." Thiel: "No one says it's anything more than a coincidence. But rarely in Olympic politics are things as they seem" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 8/7). REUTERS' Simon Denyer writes Lomong’s story "is an inspiring one," but it "could also be interpreted as a political choice, a statement to the governments of Sudan and China" (REUTERS.com, 8/7). REUTERS' Mitch Phillips wrote the selection is "likely to provoke extensive debate about China's relations with Sudan" and "could embarrass" both countries (REUTERS, 8/6).