2021 Tokyo Olympics

This Kenyan athlete Abel Mutai was just a few feet away from the finish line but was confused with signs and stopped thinking he had finished the race. The athlete who was behind him, Spanish Ivan Fernández, realizing what was happening, began yelling at him to keep running. Mutai doesn’t know Spanish, so he didn’t understand it. Fernandez, recognizing Muray didn’t understand, gave him a push to continue running and win the race.

A reporter asked Ivan, “Why did you do this?” Ivan replied
“My dream is that one day we can have some sort of community life where we push ourselves and help each other win.” The reporter insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?” Ivan replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win. The race was his.”

The reporter insisted and asked again, “But you could have won!” Ivan looked at him and replied: “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of this medal? What would my Mother think of it?”
What values do we teach our children and how much do you inspire others to earn? Most of us take advantage of people’s weaknesses instead of helping to strengthen them.”

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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