International students welcome the 2012 London Olympics

With the 2012 London Olympics in full swing, international students in the UK are celebrating the significant occasion in their own unique ways.

Malaysian student Jethro Wong was in London during the Olympic opening weekend to catch a glimpse of the historic event.

“It was a privilege to be in London to see the different cultures of the world coming together for this momentous event,” said Jethro, a summer programme student from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).

International student Jethro Wong posing for a photograph with the 2012 London Olympics mascot, Mandeville. Photo credit: Jethro Wong

Fellow student Tony Chong said: “I think it’s a great coincidence and opportunity to be studying in the UK while the Olympics are held here.”

Tony added that he will definitely be making the most of the memorable experience, either by travelling down to London to watch the live games or simply by catching it on the big LCD Screens at the Olympic park.

For Sri Lankan student Navodth Bhanuka, the London Olympics has been a bittersweet experience.

“The Sri Lankan team has not been performing very well, as we are a small country with limited resources. But they have put in a gallant effort and I am proud of them,” he said.

(Second from right) Sri Lankan student Navodth Bhanuka and friends celebrating the arrival of the 2012 London Olympic Torch in Sheffield. Photo credit: Navodth Bhanuka

 An avid sports fan, Navodth has also been following the progress of Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics.

“The athletes have improved greatly and I think they have a tremendous home ground advantage as well. I particularly enjoy watching the basketball, swimming and diving events,” he said.

Another Malaysian student, Geogenia Quak is a fan of badminton and Malaysia’s sports hero Lee Chong Wei.

“Although Chong Wei was unable to get a Gold Medal in the men’s singles final, he won the hearts of all Malaysians and the respect of athletes all over the world,” said Geogenia.

Malaysian student Geogenia Quak was fortunate to get her photograph taken with a replica of the 2012 London Olympic Torch. Photo credit: Geogenia Quak

Geogenia was amazed by local Sheffield athlete Jessica Ennis, who bagged a gold medal in the women’s hepathlon hurdles.

“I have been catching up on Team GB’s athletics, cycling and tennis events, and their performance has been great so far,” she said.

­­­How have you been celebrating the Olympic Spirit? Share your experience with us in the comment section below!

-Story by Mabel Yan

For the full schedule of Olympic sporting events and results, refer to the official 2012 London Olympics website.
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