Throw your support to the Commonwealth Games

July 23, 2014 9:56 pm0 comments by:

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I have realised a while ago that the young generation are really interested in the ‘in thing’. An ‘in thing’ might not necessary be an educational tool or quality entertainment. The only important criteria is that it is well known by a lot of people or admired by a famous figure. This translates to ‘in thing’ for a younger generation’s topic of conversation. I imagine that you have witnessed a lot of ‘in thing’ come and go without really understanding the reason for its popularity.
It is also true that you have been prompted to justify enjoying or supporting the current trend, technology or event. You may have easily provided a valid reason or in some cases struggled for one. I have faced this issue in numerous times and also more recently this week. This recent occasion relates to the Commonwealth Games that opens today 23rd July 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
I am fairly confident that a majority of the Continent Observer readers were aware and excited about the 2012 Olympics held in London. It was well celebrated by the world and graced the minds of all.
On the other hand, I will not be entirely surprised if a fair percentage of these esteemed readers forgot or not interested in the Commonwealth Games. The objective of this blog is to convince the uninterested and to throw their support to the Commonwealth Games.
The best way to start my promotion is to provide a brief introduction. There are 53 countries that form members of the The Commonwealth. The countries are from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific . The commonwealth countries constitute the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries. Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nambia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia are part of the commonwealth nations.

It is called the friendly games due to its relaxed atmosphere compared to the Olympics event.
The event brings together a lot of less known countries to a wider audience. It provides  an opportunity for history and geography lessons. For instance, I know about Pacific nations like Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Belize in the Caribbean and Americas. Papua New Guinea has 700 native tongues. Cook Island is an island in the South Pacific Islands. I would like to provide surprising facts about Africa but we breed and leave in Africa.You may never know when this might be beneficial to you.

It also allows for worthy issues happening in these places to be discussed and resolved. The opening ceremony tends to be a platform for organisers to talk about worthy causes and challenges faced by each nation.
In relation to the sporting event, it is a stepping stone for a number of inexperienced athletes. They experience competition in a lesser competitive scenario. This gives them confidence and motivation to improve for the world events. It helps the experienced individuals to try out a few things. It can also help a few to actually compete in unique events.
I enjoy watching these unique events that would not necessary be known to a wider audience. These less known sports can inspire a younger or older audience to pick it up for health reasons. For instance, netball, squash, Rugby Sevens and lawn bowls.
There have been calls to stop the games for various reasons ranging from political, social to sporting reasons. My view is that there are a lot of other ‘in thing’ that fall short of political, social or sporting criteria’s. You are not telling me that the same people are calling for it to stop. I agree that worthy issues have to be discussed and solutions created to resolve them. These solutions will not be created just because a nation boycotts or the Commonwealth games stops as an event. The solution is stifled because the right questions are not asked to the appropriate people.
For all the calls to stop the event, I can imagine a lot of individuals across the world looking forward to the Commonwealth Games. I know for one that I will be promoting the event to everyone. I hope esteemed readers will be convinced with my reasons and see my point that we should care for the Commonwealth Games.
It is high time that we care for the Commonwealth games as it gives a lot of athletes the monetary resource to rebuild their own countries. We want to promote sporting events that give back to the poor and underprivileged. It also helps for a younger generations to learn about national cultures and model individuals.

Obioma Aguocha

Self Publisher:The Guide to being the Best(Paperback) 2007 &Sporting Success Simplified (E-book) 2012

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