Sudan Runner Seeks Asylum
British right has made asylum an issue
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2012 10:36 AM CDT
Abubaker Kaki, of Sudan, races to win the 800m event at the Bislett Games in Oslo in this June 6, 2008 file photo. It is unknown which Sudan runner has sought asylum.   (AP Photo/Kyrre Lien, Scanpix Norway)

(Newser) – An Olympic runner from Sudan has requested asylum at a London police station, an official tells the New York Times. The athlete's name hasn't been released, but the list of suspects isn't long; the war-torn East African nation only sent six athletes to the games. The case may set off controversy, because the right-wing press in Britain has complained that the country's asylum system is too lenient. (Click for another Olympic story involving a runner from southern Sudan.)