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2012 London Olympics - Fair and Square

My sisters and I stayed up late last weekend just to watch the much hyped London opening ceremonies.

And I'm glad to say that it did not disappoint.

It has athletes, actors, dignitaries and royalty. 

Surpises, blunders and controversies.   

And it is an inspiring one as well. 

Because for the first time, all competing countries sent out their own female athletes.  With Saudi Arabia sending two.

I don't care if they don't win.  Just being there and parading as part of their country's contingent already sends a very inspiring message to all women who live and struggle in male dominated cultures.

And I have to applaud the Olympic committee and various human rights group for pushing towards gender equality in the field of sports. 

Good to know that countries such as Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are slowly willing to change and is embracing the values of equality and fair play.

Even Iraq’s flag bearer is a woman. 

You may click on this link for an inspiring article on Saudi's first ever female athlete

Speaking of women, who cannot recognize this pretty lady from Russia?

I just think that its unfair that other countries can send their pros like Djokovik, Sharapova and  Kobe Bryant to participate in the Olympics.

How come we cannot send our very own Manny Pacquiao? 

Still, I feel so proud that our athletes are very dignified in their Barong and salakot.  Although they say that it is the smallest contingent that we have sent since we participated in the Olympics, I'm just hoping that they bring home our much coveted gold. Actually, any colored medal will do!

As the Olympic motto says: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Swifter, Higher, Stronger)

Goodluck athletes!


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