December 31, 2012
Mo Farah, a British citizen who won two gold medals for running during London 2012 was held by US customs when leaving the country to see his family for Christmas, as they suspected he might be a terrorist, because he was born in Somalia.
Farah, a British Olympic hero who has been awarded a CBE by the Queen, was detained for questioning in the US after border officials saw he was born in Somalia.
A CBE stands for Most Excellent Oder of the British Empire and means the person it is awarded to can be called “sir” or “dame”. It is awarded to people who have done something remarkable for the UK, in any profession or walk of life.
Farah, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at London 2012, came to Britain from Somalia with his British born father as a child.
29 year old Farah moved to Portland in the northwestern US state of Oregon last year to work with his coach Alberto Salazar at Nike’s HQ. He was travelling back to spend Christmas with his wife and children. But even after presenting the overzealous officials with his two gold medals didn’t help his cause.
Full story here.