26 Aug 2008
The Muslim Council of Britain pays full tribute to all the British athletes for their spectacular performance and achievements during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Team GB’s efforts have made it the nation’s most successful Olympiad team in over a century.
Our focus is now towards London to carry the Olympic flag. Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari said, “London won the games on the basis of youth and regeneration and I hope that this will not be forgotten in the lead up to 2012.” Dr Bari also said “I am sure that London 2012 will not only put on a spectacular display of British talent, traditions and values, but also leave a lasting legacy to all Londoners, the whole country and indeed the world”.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the rest of the country to celebrate British talent and inspire others. Commenting on the Beijing Olympics, Mujibul Islam, chairman of MCB’s Youth Committee said “the performance of British athletes over the past two weeks has simply been phenomenal. To see such range of athletes from Chris Hoy to emerging talents such as 14-year-old Tom Daley all do so well is an inspiration to us all. Their achievements will not only move many thousands of young people across the country to compete in sports, but also signal a much bigger message that enthusiasm, dedication and perseverance can ultimately lead to success. Our British moment has come, and I hope all will join in the festivities.”
Mr Islam added “Beijing has illustrated to all of us that extra investment in sports such as cycling eventually pays dividends. Investment in other sports and grass root initiatives needs to increase or witness the reality of talented youngsters across the country go un-recognized. Host cities are important to the Olympics, but it is the very athletes who make the Olympics what they are.”
The MCB who played a significant role in campaigning for London to host the 2012 games back in 2005, hopes that all young people, including young British Muslims, will fully participate in London 2012, not only in the sports, but also through volunteering in the myriad of supporting activities that will take place.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is hosting a victory parade through Central London on October 16 to celebrate Team GB’s unprecedented medals haul and The Muslim Council of Britain calls upon the Muslim community throughout the country to join in the parade and celebrations for our Olympic heroes.[ENDS]