American softball star Jennie Finch, who was in the silver medal winning U.S. National Team which took part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, made it to the watch list prepared by the Chinese Government before the Olympics to keep an eye on those foreign players who might create trouble while the games were going on.
National newspaper U.S. Today broke the news this morning saying that they are in the possession of an internal e-mail sent to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).
“We viewed these concerns as being entirely unjustified and unwarranted,” USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said in an e-mail Wednesday. “As such, we rejected the request to address this with our athletes or transmit the letter to them. We saw absolutely no need to burden the athletes with this.”
The list also included Jessica Mendoza and soccer player Abby Wambach, who actually missed the Olympics because of a leg injury. There were two Paralympians also named in the list.
It is said that Chinese officials thought of these players as a possible threat to the Games and expected possible political protests. Many of the players are a member of the human-rights organization ‘Team Darfur‘.
While U.S. officials were ready to comment, Sun Weide, one of the spokesmen of the Olympics Organizing Committee declined to say anything, giving the excuse that he has resigned and the Committee has been dissolved.
More photos and a video of Jennie Finch are below.
Jennie Finch Video