Hollywood superstar George Clooney is putting pressure on one of the main Olympic sponsors to speak out over China’s foreign policy. Clooney – who is a critic of China’s role in the Darfur crisis in Sudan – advertises Omega Watches , one of the worldwide partners for Beijing 2008.
“I have talked with Omega (about China) for over a year and will continue to talk to Omega,” Clooney told BBC Sport. “I have and will go to the places I and China do business and ask for help.” The 46-year-old’s intervention follows the decision of US film director Steven Spielberg to withdraw as an artistic adviser to the Beijing Games in protest at the situation in Darfur. At least 200,000 people have been killed and two million forced from their homes in the five-year conflict in Sudan.