The four-time Olympic gold medallist is currently training in Ethiopia and had said it was “deeply troubling” that he would have to tell his children that he might not be able to return home to the USA
Sir Mo Farah voiced his concerns that US President Donald Trump’s travel ban may have meant he would be unable to return home to his family in America.
British citizen Farah was born in Somalia but moved to the UK at the age of eight. For the past six years the four-time Olympic gold medallist has lived with his wife and four children in Portland in Oregon and he is currently training in Ethiopia.
An executive order issued on Friday includes a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, with the executive order also applying to people that hold dual nationality with one of those seven countries.
According to the BBC, Farah does not have dual nationality or hold a Somali passport but said “it is understood his advisers are trying to clarify the situation with the US authorities”.
In a further update on Sunday, the BBC published a statement from a spokesperson for Farah which read: “We understand from the statement released this evening by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that the executive order will not apply to Mo, and we are grateful to the FCO for urgently clarifying the situation.
“Mo is relieved that he will be able to return to his family once his current training camp concludes, however, as he said in his earlier statement, he still fundamentally disagrees with this incredibly divisive and discriminatory policy.”
In his statement posted on Facebook earlier in the day, Farah said Trump had “introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice”.
He wrote: “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.
“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.”
According to the Guardian, Farah’s plan had been to return to Ethiopia to continue training after he competes at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 18 before travelling home to Portland in March.