Olympic swimming pool medalist says she will compete at London 2018
A high-profile swimmer from the United States has accused British officials of putting her life in danger by denying her a medal in a London Olympics competition.
Natalie Caster-Holland, a high-school swimmer in Florida, told CNN that she was denied a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games swimming events at London in February because she is Muslim and that she feared she would not be allowed to compete in future Olympics.
Her story has brought attention to the ongoing tensions between the U.K. and the U!
over the country’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Games.
She said the British authorities have refused to grant her a visa and her mother is trying to collect a court order.
“I just want to be able to go to London and compete, and that’s what’s important,” Caster, 18, told NBC.
The Olympic swimmer said she is currently living with her family in a hotel in London, where she is receiving medical treatment and will need to undergo additional training to get back on track.
The Olympics, the Olympics and the Olympics.
A swimmer’s mom gets the chance to get a medal at a London event.
But she wants the U-S.
(NBC News) The British Olympic Committee has denied Caster’s claims.
Caster-Hall said her mother, Aisha Al-Rashid, told her that British officials denied her a gold in the U-.
S. swimmers event because she was Muslim.
She said she was “absolutely” told that she would be competing at the London Games and that her mother told her she would get a visa from the U.-S.
consulate in Washington, D.C., to go, according to a statement provided to CNN.
Caster said she never received a letter from the British consulate that said she would need a visa, saying it was only later that she got one from a U.S. embassy.
She told NBC that she had not seen her mother since February.
British officials declined to comment on the claims.
Casters mother, who lives in Virginia, said she contacted British officials when the London Olympic swimming event was canceled because of the issue with her son.
She also said she spoke with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.
She told NBC the British embassy was “not responsive to her.”
Aisha Al Rashid told NBC she was told by British officials that Natalie Caster would not compete in the swimming events due to her religion.
(Facebook) In a Facebook post on Thursday, Natalie Caster-Hall wrote that she and her family had spoken to British Foreign Affairs officials.
“I was told I would be denied a medal, that I would need to leave the U .
S. and be resettled in London.
I also received no response to any of my questions regarding my visa status, and was told my application was ‘unfounded’ because I was a U!s citizen,” she wrote.
The statement from British officials was provided to NBC News.
The Foreign Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Olympic Games are not officially open to the public until Feb. 10.