By Terri Theodore, Canadian Press, April 10, 2010
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Twenty-two people who came to Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics have made refugee claims in Canada, seven of them members of the “Olympic family. The figures from Citizenship and Immigration Canada show the claimants came from nine different countries: Ghana, Hungary, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Nepal and Japan. For privacy concerns, Johanne Nadeau with Citizenship and Immigration couldn’t say if any of the claimants were athletes, only that seven of them were from organizations directly linked to the Games. The Olympic family includes everyone from sponsors and athletes to the entourage of support staff that travels with each country’s Olympic team.