"I am saddened not to be able to attend the Games. The Olympic Games represent something powerful: that people can come together from around the world and do things that no one thought were possible. However, the denial of my visa is a part of a systemic effort by the Chinese government to coerce and threaten athletes who are speaking out on behalf of the innocent people of Darfur." full article Imagine how poweful it would be if all the African athletes decided to use the olympics to make a statement. for example what would happen if the U.S. basketball team alone refuse to play any more games and held a unified press conference expressing concerns about our people the world over? Of course ya'll remember these brothers: Tommy Smith & John Carlos Ahhh never mind...i just remembered how much money would be on the line.