Diversity Macht Frei
August 5, 2018
Sport was supposed be the one thing Africans were good at. Running away from lions and tigers in the jungle really builds up the muscles and weeds out the unfit. What a shame, then, that the African Athletics Championship, currently underway in Nigeria, instead of showcasing Africa’s sporting prowess to the world, turned into an embarrassing fiasco that appeared to confirm traditional racist stereotypes about the unfortunate denizens of the Dark Continent.
Arriving teams were first stranded at Lagos airport because the Nigerian organisers had apparently failed to make provision for interconnecting flights to Asaka where the games were being held. Athletes had to sleep on the floor all night.
Moroccan highjumper Rhizlane Siba, 2014 African champion talking about their experiences in Nigeria..Athletes being stranded at the airport for 3 nights is UNACCEPTABLE. Nigeria such a disappointment. They knew they were hosting Africa Athletics Championships.. #Asaba2018 pic.twitter.com/uZxrDFgOZD
— Katami Michelle (@MichKatami) July 31, 2018
When the games finally got underway, things didn’t improve much. The wrong anthems were played and flags were flown upside down.
The water tower collapsed and the stadium resembled a dump for toxic waste.
When you see the quality of the Africans who were organising it, the mystery of how it could have been such a disaster is instantly resolved; only to be replaced by another one: how could such obvious incompetents have got the job in the first place? Probably they were members of the right tribe or something.
The white guy here tries to keep a straight face then gently suggests to the Africans that they let white people help them organise it next time.