The President of the Supreme Council of African Sport, Mr.
CU Abraham Ordia being interviewed by Neil Mallard Visnews sports Editor in English. (3 SHOTS)
MILLARD:"Despite all the problems the moscow Games are taking place. But a number of African nations will not be here. Do you regret this and how do feel about it?"
ORDIA:"Well I wouldn't say a large number: on the contrary, I would say a small number. Yes I do regret it. I do wish they were all here because three of them were typical of winning gold medals."
MALLARD:"But is it the participation you wanted to see or the gold medals?"
ORDIA: "I want to see the participation, of course, and ultimately the medals."
MALLARD:"Who do you think would have won medals who are not here?"
ORDIA: "It's difficult because Africa is a big continent.. Certainly we should have had some medals from Kenya among the long distance runners a boy like Henry Rono whom you know who would have certainly make the grade, I'm positive about that. And there are quite a few others."
MALLARD:"You've had three terms of office as president of the Supreme Council of African Sport. In that time you mist feel that you have made at least one positive achievement. Is there anything you look back on with pride.?"
ORDIA:"Well I don't know. I think, in all humility, I think I have tried to foster the spirit of African unity through the young people of our continent who are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. Since some time, twenty or thirty years ago, if you ask anybody in my country for instance, Nigeria, who hears about Timbuctoo, madagascar, Antantanarivo, these are only a geographical expression. People don't know whether they exist or not. But today within the youth of the continent, around the continent and steady contributions home ..and away we find that language barriers, cultural barriers, international barriers, we just now speak with one voice as a continent, as a people, as Africans. And so for me that's something that really give me a good deal of joy and satisfaction."
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Background: The President of the Supreme Council of African Sport, Mr. Abraham had Ordia, of Nigeria, said on Saturday (19 July) he regretted that some African countries those countries which had decided not to go to Moscow would have won gold medals. He spoke to Visnews' sports editor, Neil Mallard.