London - An Olympic athlete from Sudan has sought political asylum in the United Kingdom.
A British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press confirmed the asylum request. The man's name and his sport were not disclosed.
The male Olympian showed up Tuesday night at the Bridewell Police Station near the northern English city of Leeds. A number of countries have training camps in the area, including the Chinese.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said Friday he knew of a reported asylum request but had not independently verified the details.
A Home Office spokesperson refused to comment.