Olympic torch

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. 


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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