Olympics and Corruption in the Caribbean

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt           (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/ESPN)

by Nicosia Smith

Caribbean Olympiads at London 2012 have more on their minds than medals.

The Olympics are known for its controversies over the years. Athletes are also known for campaigning for or against causes at international events.

This year Haitian jumper Samyr Laine wants money from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

It is good for the Caribbean to rake in gold, silver and bronze, but it is better to highlight what is happening in your country to the world.

For example, highlight corruption, greed and the fraud bringing down Caribbean countries.

This year Jamaica apparently has the largest contingent with 50 Olympiads, followed by Cuba. Limited funding, political infiltrations and poor management has hampered the growth of sports in the Caribbean.

Yes, you are probably saying which government will send athletes to speak out against them.

It has been done. Every year athletes seek asylum in the host countries. For some of the same reasons I have mentioned.

A revolution of change can be started through sports. What if Usain Bolt in the 100m, have a sigh on his vest saying stop corruption. It will surely get the world talking about corruption.

Here is to a start.

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