A little Russian sea resort town called Sochi won the bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
This "victory" for Sochi continues the pattern of ignoring sub-Saharan Africa as a potential host for the Olympiad.
The continuous act of purposefully and willfully ignoring sub-Saharan Africa sends a clear message to the millions of people living on the continent: We don't want you in the Winter Olympics.
Theoretically, the Olympics is supposed to be an inclusive and unifying event. A time to lay down differences and compete for the joy of competition. A time to celebrate athleticism and fairness. A time for the world to come together as one. Can you think of a more inclusive and unifying event than the opening ceremony of the Olympics? All the teams lining up and coming together in harmony and friendship?
Well, all the teams but those originating in sub-Saharan Africa.
The IOC's (and by proxy, the world's) continued turning of their backs to the prospect of a sub-Saharan African city hosting the Winter Olympics is a clear indication of the continued bias and prejudice still rampant in this world.
We at NOIS hope for and await the day that we shall see ALL countries included in these Olympiads.
And, we await the day that the IOC approves and supports sending its members' athletes to ski in sub-Saharan Africa.