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Being the ever sportsman ( smile.gif ) I'm certainly looking forward to some Athletics :cool:


Should be interesting to see who represents Somalia or indeed if Somaliland will be participating :D


Mo Farah better do something spectacular to beat the Ethios (about time we beat them).


Asafa Powell will beat Tyson Gay for the 100m.

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I am looking out for this girl; Saamiya Yusuf


Against the Odds: Samiya Yuusf Omar


Samiya, 16, says she has been pressured to stop competing


The BBC's Against the Odds series is following athletes heading to the Olympics despite huge obstacles.


Mohamed Olad Hassan, in Mogadishu, met a young sprinter representing conflict-wracked Somalia.


Somalia is a country ridden by more than 17 years of lawlessness and civil war.


Its institutions and national infrastructure have been destroyed, including most sporting facilities.


Somali athlete Samiya Yuusf Omar is just 16-years-old. She comes from a destitute family with no breadwinner.


Militiamen in this Muslim country often prevent her from training, saying women should not take part in sport.


But for her and her relatives, athletics offers the chance of a route out of poverty and away from the violence; of a better life and prospects for the future.


Insults and warnings


But recently, Samiya has been coming under pressure from friends and some of her relatives, asking her to stay out of local training.



Samiya came last in her African championships heat


The ill-disciplined militiamen intimidate her as she jogs on the streets of Mogadishu.


There are insults, and warnings that her chosen path would affect her marriage.


Samiya said: "Traditionally Somalis view the girls as corrupted if they join in with things like sports and music.


"It's because they sometimes wear transparent clothes or shorts. Therefore I have been coming under pressure from all different sides."


"Early in the morning... sometimes I come to a roadblock set up by either government troops along with Ethiopians or armed militia, who prevent me from going to the training," she added.


Hopes for future


When she can get through, Samiya practises on a track full of mortar craters at the Mogadishu Stadium, almost destroyed by the years of war.


She lives nearby, in a shanty house, with her mother - a former national-level athlete, who brought her daughter up alone since Samiya's father died, "years ago".



Somalia has been damaged by years of civil conflict and lawlessness


Samiya says it is only her mother's constant encouragement that enables her to ignore the taunts and keep on training.


When she was named as part of Somalia's Olympic team earlier this year, the honour kindled her hopes for the future.


She never expected to be picked because she is so young, and because she is from a minority ethnic group.


Now the fragile dream of an athletics career is within reach, but Samiya still has a long way to go.


She ran the 100m at the African Athletics Championships in May, but came last in her first round heat.


This Olympics will be about taking part, rather than chasing medals.


"I don't care if I win right now," she said. "But I am happy to represent my country within this big event, running the 200-metre race


"I think right now I'm sure I'm on my way to a bright future because I can run with many all the way down.


"I don't think it makes a difference whether I win a good title in the coming Olympic Games or the next," she said, cracking into a smile.





Your comments on this story:


Samiya, All the power to you! Your story is an inspiration. You one gold medal winner in my eyes.

Julie, Palmdale Ca


Good Luck Samiya! You may only be 16 but you are an inspiration to so many young women as you train against such difficulties.

Angela Mosimann, Sherbrooke,Canada


That is part of life that most of we africans go through be it Education!but we survive because we are hardworking and we need to survive .For Samiya, that is absolutely perfect and very good and I know that she is going to provide the suprises and the not a Somali but i like Africa any one who represents Africa represents me. Samiya am your fun and i pray for you,you will make it! I hope this message finds you

Eddy , Kampala, Uganda


Thank you for this very touching, beautiful story.

lynn , usa


There seems to be no obstacle to stop you from succeeding, Samiya. I will be looking forward to seeing you compete and win, without a doubt. Best wishes from America!

Gabriel Garcia, Eagle Pass, TX (USA)


I commend Samiya (a 16 year old girl) for continuing to practice and train when the militia or others try to intimidate and shame her. It can not be easy. I wish her well.

Ana maristany, Baton Rouge, LA, USA


Samiya, what a brave girl you are! I cannot imagine what it'd be like to be in your shoes and the fact that you are so determined to represent your country despite the crisis shows the extent of your's a truly noble gesture! You go girl & I'll be rooting for you come the Olympics smile.gif

Jennifer Mwangi, Embu, Kenya


Achievement is only made possible by the efforts of you and only you . It is a good start for a young lady like you. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heart felt wishes to u in this Olympics and your future carrier.

Melkamu Hunegnaw , Malaysia


This is what the Olympics is really about. Nevermind all the over the top national self-promotion (it was the Nazis who started the whole 'olympic torch' relay thing), commercialism, kickbacks and corruption. It is the stories and experiences of inspirational young athletes like Samiya which are truly representative of the 'Olympic spirit'. Good luck Samiya!

Sam, Hong Kong


Just to have had the heart to train and compete and to ignore the cultural implications of being a Muslim girl competing in athletics, makes her already an Olympic winner - it is the heart of the Games. Congratulations to you Samiya and your family - your mother has obviously been a great role model in your difficult circumstances.

Helen Allen, Wapiti USA


Samiya's story is inspirational. For someone so young, fighting against such odds takes a special kind of person and an immense amount of courage. I hope she stays strong and focused. The Olympic experience will be fantastic for her. Best wishes.

Alison Ifill, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.


Samiya, i think you have prove all your critics wrong, so just hold your head up high and pursue your dream.As you said, you are running for experience but not for the medals, i will encourage you to also aim for the medal cos it will help you to work harder. more gress to your "elbows".

perpetual annan-takyi, Accra,Ghana


What do you think of Samiya's story. Do you have any questions for her in Beijing. Do you know anyone heading to the Olympics "Against the Odds"? Send us your comments using the forms below.

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Britain will sweep the medals in curling, pool, pol, bellyflops, darts and pool.


Norf, Asafa Powel is a kind of fulay when it comes to the big races!

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^^I know but he has to pull it together sometime.


I need to do a quick catch-up on athelics in the next week or so (first week is usually swimming/diving).

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the problem with atheletics these days is that u dont know if their steroids...marion jones, gatlin, .........i think it is like 5 out of the finalists in 1990 or sumting were caught with some type drug: christie, johnson,carl lews, can't remember the rest. But still makes you wonder how ppl can run 9.70 in the 100 metres, seems ridiclous.


good viewing


p.s.this jamaykaaan can do something special, Usain Bolt:

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Mo Farah put in a really poor performance in Crystal place North, and it was only 3,000. I don't know how he will do in the 5,000 in China conditions. But I don't think it is his time to shine yet. He has a lot to do, maybe he will be a medal contender by 2012. Is Bakeel going to do both 3,000 and 5,000 tolow and that dude from the US, can’t remember his name right now.


Sayid I hope she does well for her own sake!


Britain won't beat Australia, last time we had 39 and Australia had 48points or something. But Britain can beat the Germans and French.


Bolt is the 3rd fastest man in the 200meters ever. It would be cool to see.


I'm looking forward to track events. Will be glued to the TV. So excited. Wooho


I’m rooting for Britain and Kenya. Will root for the Somali four, but doubt they will get round the rounds. I hope those damn Ethiopians fall apart. I’ hating on their athletes since the invasion even though I use to love them! Maybe Dibab will break will break a leg and let someone other than her sister win!


The US and Jamaica will be the most competitive. Expecting some mad record break speed.


Rool on Friday. :D

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i wish this guyz was still runnin, for sure he xuld duz:




p.s.s the negative publicity of the BBC is gettin ridiclous, i bet they want talk about th Iraq war when it comes to the london olympics!

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Norf good on you bro for starting an Olymipic thread thou I could see smog all around Somaliaonline- the sport section :D Our Aussie team are there in full swing.


I will be focusing on the men's football. A match between Argentina vs Cote-de-vore was played yesterday, what a good match!


The results of yesterdays matches are as follows:



08/07 Australia 1 - 1 Serbia


08/07 Japan 0 - 1 United States


08/07 Brazil 1 - 0 Belgium


08/07 Honduras 0 - 3 Italy


08/07 Ivory Coast 1 - 2 Argentina


08/07 Netherlands 0 - 0 Nigeria


08/07 China 1 - 1 New Zealand


08/07 South Korea 1 - 1 Cameroon


PS: whats with the name change?

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^^ Waan ku wareeray Al-jidaawi, Al-Jaabiri, Al-Qulaami, Al-Kitaawi, I guess Northie is excited about Arab names smile.gif



Nice thread for the Olympics,



The opening ceremony would be electric

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