Our elite female athletes deserve tons of respect

Malkia Strikers players led by captain Mercy Moim celebrate with the Daruma (regarded as a talisman of good luck in traditional Japanese culture, symbolizing perseverance, good luck and encouragement) after getting the Tokyo Olympics ticket at Palais polyvalent des sports (Paposy) Arena on January 9, 2020.

Photo credit: Samuel Gacharira | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • At the table where I was sitting, I had the misfortune of listening to a vexing conversation among four males whose identity I will not reveal
  • I was bothered by the chatter from the four, that was by then louder in response to the clapping from the athletes in appreciation of the two speakers
  • And I was flummoxed because the not-so-gentle man had conveniently forgotten that he was in the company of an Olympic-bound team that consisted of boxers, record breaking athletes, a winter Olympian

The case has closed on Naomi Osaka. Now, we must honour her for her courage in bringing to the fore the sticky issue of mental health among athletes.

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