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Torchbearers hand over the flame of the Olympic torch during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games torch relay in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 17, 2021. 

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Hashimoto Olympic flame is a classic dilemma tale

What you need to know:

  • Ms Seiko Hashimoto’s dilemma is whether to hold or to cancel the Olympic Games, in view of the relentlessly volatile Covid-19 developments.
  • The event was supposed to be held last year, but when the coronavirus pandemic initially struck, it was postponed to this year.

I recently heard a youthful preacher quote an ancient Roman proverb, “Dum spiro, spero (while I breathe, I hope).” A close approximation from our own orature is “mja hatindi rehema ali hai duniani (a human being lacks not mercies while still alive on earth).” I first heard that from our great teacher and poet, Sheikh Saidi Karama, whom my colleagues and I interviewed and recorded in our research adventures on Mombasa Island back in the late 1990s.

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