One of two Somali athletes competing at the Olympic Games in London has denied that they are seeking asylum in the UK.
Mohamed Hassan Mohamed, a 1,500m runner, told the BBC Somali Service they both intended to return home.
Earlier his compatriot Zamzam Mohamed Farah, who ran in the first heat of the women’s 400m, spoke of the threats she has faced since competing.
Somalia has been devastated by two decades of conflict and an al-Qaeda group controls many areas.
Ms Farah told London-based Universal TV that she had been singled out for carrying the national flag at the opening ceremony and “exposing herself” during her race.
An observant Muslim, the 21-year-old took to the track in a headscarf and with her arms and legs covered. She also ran while fasting, in accordance with the holy month of Ramadan, the television reported.
“There are a lot of threats coming through both Facebook and on the telephone. My parents have also been called and were informed that what I did was not a good thing and that once I return, I will be dealt with.”