The year 2012 promises lots of excitement for sports enthusiasts and fans worldwide. The Games of the 30th Olympiad will take place in the city of London from July 27 –August 12, 2012. Top athletes from 144 countries will compete for medals in 38 sports events. London will make history to become the first city to host the modern Olympic games three times having previously done so in 1908 and 1948.

The top 16 teams in Africa and Europe will take center stage on the football field this year at the African Cup of nations’ tournament and the European Football Championships, respectively. The Africa Cup of nations will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon from January 21 – February 12, whilst the European version will be co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine from June 8 – July 1, 2012.

The important individual attributes to look out for asides the fun and excitement are the core values of discipline, teamwork, the determination to succeed and focus exhibited by athletes competing at these sports events. The year 2011 recorded historical events that produced revolutions in the Arab world, economic crisis in Europe, natural disasters in Asia, and civil war and political unrest in Africa.

The ability of athletes from the following countries Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan, Libya, Tunisia and Sudan to qualify for participation in events at the forthcoming Olympics and regional football tournaments amidst the socio-economic breakdown, political chaos and civil disturbances experienced in these countries during 2011 is a source of great inspiration. We learn from their exemplary conduct that with the blend of courage, focus and determination, we can achieve our set goals for 2012.




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