These Olympic Games have been hailed a success and triumph for women in sports. For the first time, every participating country has entered females athletes, including Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.
As an avid footballer and fan, I was elated to see the Women's events getting positive press and as much attention that the Men's events are accustomed to. Looking forward to more possibilities and the opportunities for Women's professional football in North America.
As the saying goes: "Citius, Altius, Fortius", right?
In a move that can only be called exponentially ignorant, fans declared the USA's historic win "payback for Pearl Harbor", a likeness to the slaughter of Hiroshima. Some are quoted using derogatory slurs and other professing their disdain for "Asians".
The Japanese team lit candles prior to the game in honour of the victims.
Hiroshima was the first nuclear holocaust unleashed on the Japanese by the Americans. Nagasaki was bombed 3 days later. The effects were devastating for an entire generation. It is a sad piece of history.
Perhaps, it is not in their mandate to get involved in these types of issues. But it would have been a goodwill gesture towards their Japanese counterparts.
These superb athletes have no interest in casting dark clouds over a joyous event. To congratulate them in this manner is insulting as well. Not in the spirit they intended to succeed.
These "fans" may not be the typical hooligans, looting and causing public disruption but they are equally as poisonous to society.
No honour among bigots.