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U.S. State Department K.O's Iraqi Olympic Boxers Visa; His Dream of University of Houston Education on Hold

Houston, TX - March 22, 2006 Maurice Termite Watkins, a celebrated American boxer who fought for a World Championship and honored a request from the U.S. Military to coach the 2004 Iraq Olympic boxing team, today announced that the U.S. State Department has given a knock out blow to his Athens Olympic pupil Najah Ali by refusing to grant his Visa to study at The University of Houston. Outraged by their decision, Watkins is sharing this story to the media in hopes that public support will help overturn the U.S. State Departments ruling and secure a Visa for Ali so he can further his formal education in America.

In 2003 when I worked in Iraq to kill bugs for the U.S. military, the Coalition Authority asked me to recruit and train an Iraq boxing team for the 2004 Olympics in Greece. I told them it was a million-to-one shot, but I accepted the challenge and we succeeded against incredible odds, said Termite. Najah Ali, a 24-year-old college graduate from Baghdad, achieved the unthinkable by winning his first fight in the Athens Olympics. Although he did not medal, Ali became one of the inspirational Olympic success stories for the people of Iraq and the world.

Ali dutifully waited at the U.S. Embassy in Greece for an interview to get a Visa, but never received one. When asked why, Kathryn Berck, a U.S. Embassy representative in Greece told a blatant lie saying that Ali was interviewed. Subsequently the U.S. Embassy in Jordan failed to give Ali an interview or a chance, added Termite. I dont understand how the U.S. Embassy can let a known Taliban spokesperson enter the U.S. to attend Yale University and deny Ali, an Olympic athlete, the opportunity to an education at The University of Houston.

The inspirational story of Termite Watkins and the Iraq Olympic boxing team became a book and will soon be a movie. Author and school friend Suzy Pepper reconnected with Termite through Classmates.com when he was working in Iraq. She subsequently worked with him to publish Termite: The Story of an American Prizefighter Who Went to Iraq to Kill Bugs and Built an Olympic Team Instead ( http://www.termitewatkins.com ). Veteran Hollywood producer Fred Kuehnert is currently making the movie about Termites story. Termites ability to overcome unbelievable challenges also earned him the Arete Award, whose previous recipients include Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods.

"We did not back down before and we're not we're not giving up without a fight," promised Watkins. We are appealing to journalist and people of the world to simply voice their opinion to the U.S. Embassy by emailing [email protected] . I believe free people of the world will help Ali win his greatest fight to date, an opportunity to pursue an education at The University of Houston.

Please Grant "Najah Ali" His Visa To Study At The University Of Houston

Contact:
Termite Watkins
http://www.termitewatkins.com
832-212-4274
[email protected]

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