Mustapha of Beirut Spring is right. We don’t really care about the Olympics. And there’s no explanation for it. The only reason I tuned in to the Opening Ceremony was because I read on Twitter that the British were doing an excellent job at it. The moment I tuned in, Lord Voldemort was terrorizing children in an homage to British literature. I, of course, was transfixed and decided to persevere.
However, what we do care about is our men and women who make us proud in representing Lebanon with all that they can, despite the non-existent support they get from almost all sports-related institutions and our government first and foremost.
These are Lebanon’s athletes making their entrance at the Olympics and making us proud. They may not win anything but the fact that they are there, against all odds, is honorable in itself.
The 10 athletes are:
- Tvin Moumjoghlian (Ping Pong)
- Andrea Paoli (Taekwondo)
- Katya Bachrouche (Swimming)
- Ray Bassil (Shooting)
- Ahmad Hazer (Athletics)
- Gretta Taslakian (Athletics)
- Zain Shaito (Fencing)
- Mona Shaito (Fencing)
- Caren Chammas (Judo)
- Wael Koubrosli (Swimming)
An 11th athlete, Fadi Tannous, passed away a few days ago. (Details). May he rest in peace.
(Click on their name for a profile) and I wish them all the best of luck.