Olympic Multiculturalism

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For Mo Farah, Saturday night was the high-point of his life. As he crossed the finish line, the Somalian born runner provided us all with a photo-finish and one of the most memorable sporting events in history. His win in the men's 10,000m final at the Olympics earned him an Olympic gold medal and the love of an entire nation... almost. Whilst Mo, his family and the nation joined together in celebration, some people, most likely right-wing Daily Mail readers, raised the question of 'why should a Somalian born athlete be allowed on Team GB?

Yes, despite having just won a gold medal for Great Britain in the largest sporting event on earth, Farah came under scrutiny because of his ethnic background. Having his colossal achievements ignored by some in favour of controversy and discrimination.

What these people don't realise is that Farah's father is infact English - born and raised in London. Farah moved over to the UK to join his father when he was only eight years old, taking up sport as a way to get past the language barrier. But why does this even matter? It doesn't. Even if Mo Farah wasn't part British, and was 100% Somalian, surely he would still have the right to compete for the country he's lived and loved in.

Unfortunately, it's not the first time that race has been made an issue in this year's Olympics. The Daily Mail published an article, regarding Danny Boyle's opening ceremony spectacular and its political correctness, in which a Journalist wrote: "It is likely to be a challenge for the organisers to find an educated white middle-aged mother and black father living together with a happy family."

This is when the nation made way for Jessica Ennis, one of the most recognised and celebrated faces of London 2012 and also an athlete from a mixed-race background. Ennis' father is black and her mother white, and more likely than not, Ennis' family will be more than happy. Making her the perfect poster-girl for proving why The Daily Mail's article was entirely untrue, whilst in the process, becoming an inspiration to young girls everywhere.

Team GB's multi-culturalism is an aspect of our team that we can really pride ourselves upon. Multi culturalism is what makes our country so diverse and a joy to live in. 

Right-wingers, furious at the sheer thought of a Somalian being allowed to compete alongside Team GB, will have been left in a state of emotional confusion and bewilderment on 'Golden Saturday' as we won three gold medals. As Somalian born Mo Farah,  Jessica Ennis - mixed race, and white, British athlete Greg Rutherford all managed to nab the top spots in their respective sports, each one of them greeted by tremendous roars from the crowd as their names appeared at the top of the leaderboards.

At the end of the day, all athletes, no matter what their background, are competing for the country they love and the country they're proud to be from. All our athletes are showcasing Britain's immense talent in the sporting world.

 

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