Congratulations to the US Olympic TeamVia Norm, this utterly excellent piece of classy behaviour.
Sudanese-born 1,500m runner Lopez Lomong, 23, was elected by US Olympic team captains in what will be seen as an overtly political move to highlight China’s contentious support for the regime in Khartoum.
Lomong, who only became an American citizen in July 2007, said ‘words could not describe’ how happy and honoured he was to be asked to carry the Stars and Stripes into the ‘Birds Nest’ Olympic stadium.
"As athletes, we need to send the message to the government not to kill or bomb and to China to stop [supply arms to Khartoum] because those guns are not to defend the country, but to kill innocent people," Lomong told a pro-Darfur website recently, "This is the 21st century. We don't want kids growing up in refugee camps like I did."
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Rogge and the IOC.