I was really amazed on how Twitter and blogs all focused yesterday on Faye and forgot that Team Kuwait consists of 10 athletes that represent us all in the olympics. This is not the first time Kuwait had female representation in the olympics as Dana Al-Nasrallah competed in the women’s 100 m back in Athens 2004. Even MP Aseel Al-Awathi fell in this mistake in her Twitter yesterday when she mentioned Faye, then Maryam when she was told about her. At the end mentioned the whole team.
Yes Faye is the first swimmer and for some extra info Maryam is the first female shooter to represent Kuwait at the olympics. My concern here is Kuwait doesn’t have an issue with female sports. It has issues when it comes to sports overall.
Recently Mohammed Al-Azmi was fired from his job. See sports in Kuwait is a hobby not a profession. Unlike other countries athletes train all year long and dedicate themselves to the sport they like. With the help of their national unions and professional coaches they progress in sports as a job. Where as in Kuwait we have bad sport facilities, bad training and of course the fight over who gets the union/committee.
We will be proud to see any of the athletes from Kuwait to bring us one of those medals. If not, we will know they have tried their best even when they had issues with their unions and sport in general in Kuwait.