Syria's Olympics chief 'refused London visa'
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Britain has refused to issue a visa for the head of Syria's National Olympic Committee, General Mowaffak Joumaa, to travel to London for next month's Olympic Games, the BBC said on Friday.
Mowaffak is regarded as a close friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been strongly criticised by the British government and other Western and Arab nations for a crackdown on an opposition movement seeking his overthrow.
The British Home Office and Foreign Office declined to comment, saying they do not discuss individual cases.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said in March any of the country's officials covered by a European Union travel ban would not be welcome. He also said there would be no ban against Syrian athletes taking part.
A handful of athletes are expected to qualify, mainly in athletics and swimming, and they will march into the stadium under the Syrian flag, the IOC official said.