The head of the Syrian Olympic Committee, General Mofwak Joumaa, has been refused a visa to the UK, reports The Times on Saturday.
Home Office sources reportedly said the visa was refused due to General Joumaa's senior military rank and links to the Assad regime.
General Joumaa and his delegation of 31 officials had intended to attend the opening ceremony for the London 2012 games next month.
Speaking to The Times last month in Damascus, General Joumaa said that the video clips of the anti-government protests had given Britain the 'wrong impression of events in Syria', and added, "What happened in some cities like Homs is that people broke the law."
Following the violent scenes of Tamil 'Boycott Sri Lankan Cricket' activists being assaulted by Sri Lankan cricket fans, on Monday night outside the Oval in London, Tamil Guardian spoke to one of the organisers, Thusiyan.
University Tamil societies from across the UK have released a statement condemning the racist attacks outside the Oval on Monday.
21 Tamil societies joined together to denounce the attacks and commend the peaceful campaign of the activists,
The Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs, Karunathilake Amunugama said that through the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the 'correct image of Sri Lanka could be depicted to the international'.