White House pushing China to ‘reconsider’ ban on Olympian Joey Cheek.

Yesterday, Chinese authorities revoked the visa of former Olympic gold medalist Joey Cheek, just hours before “he was set to travel to Beijing to promote his effort urging China to help make peace in the war-torn Darfur section of Sudan.” Today on Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino told reporters that the administration is pushing the Chinese re-issue Cheek’s visa:

Cheek is the co-founder of Team Darfur, and in 2006, he donated his $25,000 gold medal award to help refugees in the region.