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Black community's Olympic expectations

EXPECTATIONS:Anthea Brown and her son Carlos

THE GREATEST show on earth will begin in London this Friday (July 27). So far, nearly 8000 volunteers, including a mix of local community heroes, prominent former Olympians such as Dame Kelly Holmes, celebrities including artistes Dizzee Rascal and and well-known black Britons such as Doreen Lawrence, have carried the Torch through the capital and across other town and cities. As the Games get closer to get underway, the Voice asked our community:
What are you most looking forward to regarding the London Olympics?


Bibiche Tshiana, student, Democratic Republic of Congo

HAPPY:Bibiche Tshiana
It’s like my dream. I am just happy. It’s something I am seeing for the first time in Britain. I hope that everything goes well and is well prepared. I’m happy.
Ann Palmer, headteacher, British with Jamaican heritage

PROUD:Ann Palmer

My son Nathan Spencer is driving the (Olympic) cars today (July 23). I’m so proud. I haven’t seen him for three months. He’s been all around the country. It (The Olympics) is history. We knew he was coming to Lewisham and so we had to come down.
Nas Haile, assistant manager, British and Eritrean


I like seeing many people coming to London (but) the roads closing, that is something I am not happy with. I am not sure I will go and so I am looking forward to watching it on TV, especially the sprinting. I am originally from Eritrea and they have Eritrean cyclists coming. I’m looking forward to that.
Maria Coley, risk management, British

EUPHORIA:Maria Coley

Euphoria! People coming together, the sense of community and there is a sense of pride. I also want to see (Olympic record holder and sprint king) Usain Bolt to win for Jamaica. It’s good for the country, especially given the difficult times we are experiencing. Nationally, there have been a lot of events, the (royal) wedding and the royal Jubilee. This puts the icing on the cake.
Anthea Brown, social worker, British

CITY BOOST:Anthea Brown

The attention it will bring to London. It’s a good city. London has a lot to offer. It’s good promotion for the city and a boost in morale for the citizens of London. I hope people will see it as a good move and that there will be a bigger turn out at Notting Hill Carnival (which follows the Olympics on the August bank holiday) this year so people can see it is a safe place where people can enjoy themselves. I have a stall there. The Jerk Hut.
Nick Obita, consultant, British


Nothing really. It’s been sidelined a lot. I’m not interested in the Olympics. At one point, I thought my company would play a part (in it) but it didn’t happen.
Photos by Trudy Simpson
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