With the 2012 London Olympics set to begin in a matter of days, British Charge d’Affaires Sharon Wardle wished the Yemeni team athletes the best success at the games from the British Ambassador’s Residence in Sana’a. Wardle welcome representatives of the Yemeni athletes and was joined by Moammar Al-Eryani, the Minister of Youth and Sport.
In her remarks, the Charge d’Affaires passed on a message from the British Foreign Secretary in which he said:
“I want to give a great warm welcome to everybody who is coming to the Olympic Games. We have organised here in the United Kingdom what we hope will be one of the greatest Games ever… We’re looking forward to everyone being able to cheer on their competitors, their favourite athletes from all over the world. Enjoy the Olympic Games.”
The Charge d’Affaires complimented the Yemeni athletes on their proud tradition of participation in the Olympic Games, a tradition which started at the1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Yemeni athletes have taken part in every Olympic Games since then, with 11 of the 22 Olympians to date having competed in the field of athletics. The 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney saw Hana Ali Saleh become the first Yemeni female athlete to compete in the games.
This year, the Olympic Games coincide with the holy month of Ramadan, a special time for all adherents of Islam. In addition to facilities provided within the Olympic village, Muslim organizations in the UK have taken the opportunity to celebrate Ramadan by offering Iftar to welcome athletes and visitors who arrive in London. The mosques involved in the program will serve Iftar to allow visitors to break their fast and will welcome athletes and other visitors to their facilities.
The London Olympics will take place from July 27 to August 12, and the Paralympic Games will be held from August 29 to September 9. The Games will involve more than 200 countries, over 10,500 Olympic athletes, more than 4,200 Paralympic athletes and over 14,000 officials.
The action will be centered at the Olympic Park in East London, home to the Olympic Stadium and key venues such as the Aquatics Center. Other events, such as football and sailing, will take place across the United Kingdom.
A key promise when the UK won its Olympic bid was to use the Games to inspire a generation of young people to participate in sports.