Eritrean Athletes Seek Political Asylum


Department of Information and Culture

Eritrean People’s Party

February 10, 2009


A well-known runner in women’s track and field Ms. Simret Sultan has sought political asylum in Great Britain. Ms. Simret had represented Eritrea in the 2008 summer Olympics held in Beijing and competed in the track and field women’s 5000m. She also participated in the special Olympic Games held in Scotland in January this year. Ms. Simret sought political asylum after participating in the same sport that was recently held in Spain.


In addition, another athlete by the name Miraf is heading to Scandinavian countries to seek political asylum.


In recent years, a number of Eritrean athletes and artists have sought political asylum in countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Portugal, and Australia … etc.  



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