London Olympics Sets Huge Precedent For Women.
It is estimated that four billion people are currently watching the London Olympics, from all parts of the world. We all have a reason to do so, or even many reasons to do so. For some of us, we just wanted to make peace with the fact that the London opening ceremony could not (did not ?…hummm) top the Beijing opening ceremony. For others, it’s all about the basketball Dream Teams: which one is better? Be it in front of the TV or the computer, while debating with friends (and foes) on Facebook or Twitter, the Olympics spirit has undoubtedly been going strong all around the world.
As for me, I have a special motivation this year to watch the Olympics, as it is the first time EVER that every country will have at least one female athlete. Huge! Even Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar, which were the last countries will all-male teams, included at least one woman in their teams. So uplifting and encouraging to see many Arab women competing!
Another athlete from Malaysia, Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, a target shooter, is competing while close to 9 months pregnant! Although she did not make it to the final, the 29-year old mom-to-be still finished 34th out of 56 competitors despite being 33 weeks along with her daughter. She did say that although she felt 4 kicks during the competition, she still kept on keeping on.
Not only are there more women competing this year, but there are also a number of athletes representing their country after surviving extreme dictatorship and tyranny. For instance, Amr Seoud, Africa’s fastest man competing in the 100 meter sprint, was one of the protesters who brought down Egypt’s previous president Hosni Mubarak. Ali Khousrof, a Yemeni athlete, was shot while in the midst of protests against Yemeni’s previous president Ali Abdullah Saleh. There are also ten athletes sent by Syria, even as this country is battling a now 16-month uprising.
Yes, even as I tune in to admire the great sportsmanship and incredible feats of athletes worldwide, I will be truly in awe and inspired to see how far the world has come during these Games.
On this short note, Happy and Safe Olympiads!
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