London Olympics will be remembered, UAE paper

Abu Dhabi: Like all good things, the London Olympics is coming to an end today. As the Olympic flame is passed over to Rio at the conclusion of the closing ceremony, it’s also time to look back at the gains from one of the most hyped editions of the Games in recent times, a UAE paper commented.

On the sporting front, the London Olympics will be remembered for the superhuman efforts of two athletes Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps and the two-horse medal race between China and the US. However, it’s the many firsts’ that London had to its credit that makes these one of the most memorable Games, Gulf News noted in its today’s editorial.

“The moment Saudi Arabia decided to join the Islamic states of Qatar and Brunei in their decision to send female participants, London confirmed its unique status of being the first Olympics with complete gender equality.” It’s not everyday that a woman judoka who spends 80-odd seconds on the mat before losing her bout makes global headlines, but that was exactly the case with Wojdan Shaherkani. She made history for being the first Saudi woman participant in any international event.

“The British government had, with good reason, decided to allocate extra funding towards beefing up security, including a missile shield to ward off a terror attack. While the decision came in for some stick as it increased the budget considerably, the 10,000-odd athletes and half-a-million tourists who flew into London had no reason to complain given the times that we live in,” the paper added.

And by the end of it all, London will become the first city to host three editions of the modern Games with success!