Clooney - who is a critic of
China's role in the Darfur crisis in - advertises Omega Watches, one of the worldwide partners for Beijing 2008. Sudan
"I have talked with Omega (about
) for over a year and will continue to talk to Omega," Clooney told BBC Sport. China
"I have and will go to the places I and
do business and ask for help…" China
In a statement issued to BBC Sport, Clooney added: "Last year I took Olympic athletes Joey Cheek and Tegla Loroupe to
to meet with the heads of the Chinese Government. Beijing
"I have and will continue to ask
to use its considerable leverage with the Government of Sudan." China
Omega Watches is one of 12 "worldwide Olympic partners" for
and has been the official timekeeper for every Olympics since 1932. Beijing
The company lists Clooney - an award-winning actor, director, producer and screenwriter - as an "ambassador" for its brand on its official website.
Nick Hayek, the chief executive of the Swatch Group which owns Omega, told BBC Sport: "We have indeed discussed this issue with Mr Clooney.
"We have full respect for his strong engagement in the fight for the good cause and share his opinion, especially concerning
Darfur, and we are proud to work with a person who has such high ethical views.
"It is our policy not to get involved in politics because it would not serve the cause of the sport which is one most noble human endeavours for creating understanding and peace all over the world.
"This was also the reason that we were present in
Moscowduring the 1980 Olympics despite the boycott by the western world, and we provided our services to the athletes during the 1984 Olympic Games in when the Communist bloc boycotted the Games. Los Angeles
"Our role with our 300 on-site timekeepers was always clear of politics. We are partners of the athletes and the IOC, not of Governments."
When asked whether Omega would speak out on
's association with the Sudanese Government, Hayek said: "Of course, it is a continuous process but we do it the Swiss way of 'little strokes fell great oaks'. China
"We make our point directly to our high-level contacts and not by jumping in at every headline."
Hayek also confirmed that Omega will continue to monitor the situation in Darfur and
's involvement. China