Youth Spot: Let the games begin
The countdown for the 2012 London Olympic Games has begun. With only five days left for the most anticipated sporting event in the world, youth in the UAE are gearing up to cheer their favourite athletes.
The Summer London Olympics will begin on Friday, July 27, and is set to end on Sunday, August 12. Swimming, taekwondo, wrestling, gymnastics, athletics and the big opening ceremony are hot favourites among the youth here. Khaleej Times asked a few youngsters here in the UAE as to what would they be looking forward to the most. Many said that they are hoping for the opening ceremony of the games to be a spectacular sight.
Take Indian national Arman Iqbal (17) for example, though he is not much of a sports person, he opined that the Olympics opening ceremony is something that he will not miss.
“It’s the biggest sports event in the world. And since it’s a prestigious event, the host country is greatly developed. Of course it is a big expenditure on part of the host country, but I think it is worth it. Tourism will be greatly boosted as well”.
Esperance Gomz (17) also said that she would not miss the opening ceremony.
“I am hoping to be in the UK during the Games. Hopefully, I can check the opening ceremony in person. I am not much of a sports person, but I do check out the games as and when I get time,” she said.
Swiss national Khaleed Mahmood (24) said: “I am into all kind of sports. And I avidly follow the Olympic games. I am looking forward to all the events especially athletics and ping-pong. Usually, a few friends and me get together to watch the events. Guess, I will be doing the same this year as well”. Filipino national Philip Lardizabal (25) said: “I watch sports. I am a big fan of American football. I don’t think it’s played in the Olympics. I did follow some of the events that took place in China for the last Olympic games. I think this time would be really good as well”.
Iranian national Ibrahim Sahebi (19) said: “Yes, I am looking forward to the games. Athletics, taekwondo, wrestling and weightlifting are top on my list. My home country is participating in some of the events. I will be cheering them. I find the games really exciting”.
Another Iranian national Mohammed Ahmedi (18) said: “Martial arts and swimming are two games that I will be checking out”.